The checkbox component allows users to pick the option or options they want from a list, by checking one or more boxes.
About this component
Checkboxes allow users to pick any number of items from a list. Unlike radio buttons which allow users to pick one option.
Why we use this component
We use this component when we want users to be able to:
- pick one or more items from a list
- toggle between selecting and deselecting an option
If users should only pick one option from a list, you should use the radio buttons component.
Other versions of this component
Checkboxes with hint text
Hint text can be added to checkboxes, just as it can to any other form component.
You can use hint text for more details about a checkbox. You should avoid adding hint text to the checkbox’s label element.
Although small checkboxes appear smaller, their clickable area is the same as normal checkboxes. This makes them easier for users to pick.
The error state for checkboxes marks the entire fieldset.
We use a custom style for checkboxes so that they’re larger and easier to use than the standard checkboxes defined by a browser. We also use a custom style to make their focussed and selected states clearer.
Checkboxes should only be stacked vertically. This makes tabbing through the checkboxes easier to follow. It also ensures better visibility of the options for screen magnifier users.
Checkbox items can be tracked through the original page path, a data attribute showing the value, for example “Education”, and an additional attribute showing the action (“checked” or “unchecked”)
Feedback, help or support
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