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Component

Contextual sidebar

Sidebar that shows different things depending on the page

This is a component that calls other components. For more accurate preview with real data, see the contextual navigation preview.

There are 2 variants of the component:

It must always be used with the contextual breadcrumbs component.

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How it looks (preview) (preview all)

How to call this component

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/contextual_sidebar", {
  content_item: {
    title: "A content item",
    links: {
      ordered_related_items: [
        {
          title: "Find an apprenticeship",
          base_path: "/apply-apprenticeship"
        },
        {
          title: "Training and study at work",
          base_path: "/training-study-work-your-rights"
        },
        {
          title: "Careers helpline for teenagers",
          base_path: "/careers-helpline-for-teenagers"
        }
      ],
      document_collections: [
        {
          title: "Recruit an apprentice (formerly apprenticeship vacancies)",
          base_path: "/government/collections/apprenticeship-vacancies",
          document_type: "document_collection"
        },
        {
          title: "The future of jobs and skills",
          base_path: "/government/collections/the-future-of-jobs-and-skills",
          document_type: "document_collection"
        }
      ]
    }
  }
} %>

Accessibility acceptance criteria

Components called by this component must be accessible

Other examples

With part of step by step (preview)

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/contextual_sidebar", {
  content_item: {
    title: "A content item",
    links: {
      part_of_step_navs: [
        {
          title: "Choosing a micropig or micropug: step by step",
          base_path: "/micropigs-vs-micropugs"
        },
        {
          title: "Walk your micropig: step by step",
          base_path: "/porgs-step-by-step"
        }
      ],
      ordered_related_items: [
        {
          title: "Find an apprenticeship",
          base_path: "/apply-apprenticeship"
        }
      ]
    }
  }
} %>

With current step by step (preview)

  1. Step 1 Check you're allowed to drive

    Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.

    1. Check what age you can drive
  2. and Testing the and

    hello hello what's UP

  3. Step 2 Driving lessons and practice

    You need a provisional driving licence to take lessons or practice.

    1. The Highway Code
<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/contextual_sidebar", {
  content_item: {
    title: "A content item",
    links: {
      part_of_step_navs: [
        {
          title: "Learn to drive a car: step by step",
          base_path: "/micropigs-vs-micropugs",
          details: {
            step_by_step_nav: {
              title: "Stay in the UK after it leaves the EU ('settled status'): step by step",
              steps: [
                {
                  title: "Check you're allowed to drive",
                  contents: [
                    {
                      type: "paragraph",
                      text: "Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17."
                    },
                    {
                      type: "list",
                      contents: [
                        {
                          text: "Check what age you can drive",
                          href: "/vehicles-can-drive"
                        }
                      ]
                    }
                  ],
                  optional: false
                },
                {
                  title: "Testing the and",
                  logic: "and",
                  contents: [
                    {
                      type: "paragraph",
                      text: "hello hello what's UP"
                    }
                  ]
                },
                {
                  title: "Driving lessons and practice",
                  contents: [
                    {
                      type: "paragraph",
                      text: "You need a provisional driving licence to take lessons or practice."
                    },
                    {
                      type: "list",
                      contents: [
                        {
                          text: "The Highway Code",
                          href: "/guidance/the-highway-code"
                        }
                      ]
                    }
                  ],
                  optional: false
                }
              ]
            }
          }
        }
      ]
    }
  }
} %>

With ukraine cta (preview)

For documents tagged to the Ukraine topical event we show a custom ‘Ukraine Invasion’ call to action element.

<%= render "govuk_publishing_components/components/contextual_sidebar", {
  content_item: {
    title: "UK forces arrive to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank",
    content_id: "a342fd46-d801-4c1e-9d8f-f41fba6da563",
    locale: "en",
    links: {
      ordered_related_items: [
        {
          title: "Protecting the UK and promoting a Global Britain",
          base_path: "/government/collections/protecting-the-uk-and-promoting-a-global-britain",
          locale: "en"
        }
      ],
      topical_events: [
        {
          content_id: "bfa79635-ffda-4b5d-8266-a9cd3a03649c",
          title: "Russian invasion of Ukraine: UK government response",
          base_path: "/government/topical-events/russian-invasion-of-ukraine-uk-government-response",
          locale: "en"
        }
      ]
    }
  }
} %>