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Sequential navigation

A 'next' and 'previous' link to pages that come before or after the user’s current web page.

Sample HTML

<nav class="ds_sequential-nav" aria-label="Article navigation">
    <div class="ds_sequential-nav__item  ds_sequential-nav__item--prev">
        <a href="#" class="ds_sequential-nav__button  ds_sequential-nav__button--left">
            <span class="ds_sequential-nav__text" data-label="previous">
                Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

    <div class="ds_sequential-nav__item  ds_sequential-nav__item--next">
        <a href="#" class="ds_sequential-nav__button  ds_sequential-nav__button--right">
            <span class="ds_sequential-nav__text" data-label="next">
                Eligibility: who can have one?

About this component

Sequential navigation provides links to the previous and next pages at the end of a page. It is useful when there is a collection of pages that users should read in sequence.

If it’s the first page of content, the ‘previous’ link will not show. If it’s the last page, the ‘next’ link will not show.

On mobile, the ‘next’ link displays stacked above the ‘previous’ link.

Why we use this component

Sequential navigation puts buttons to continue reading a sequence of articles where a user needs them.


Analytics shows sequential navigation used by users across and It's used more  on mobile devices, where it is more prominent than other forms of navigation.

Website analytics

To understand user behaviour, you can track clicks on sequential navigation links through the original page path, the click URL, the click text, and a data attribute showing the action.

The Design System’s ‘tracking’ script adds the data attributes.

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