About this pattern
We have four types of navigational pages:
- Card navigation - displays hyperlinked headings and summary content in rows of large boxes on desktops and tablets, a single column on mobile
- Image card navigation - same as card navigation and each card has an image illustrating it
- Grid navigation - orders hyperlinked headings and summary content into rows without boxes on desktops and tablets, a single column on mobile
- List navigation - orders hyperlinked headings and summary content into a list
All cards should contain links.
These cards are designed for images with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The 'image card' version of navigation pages is currently untested. We plan to include it in future user testing.
The images used in image card navigation are considered to be decorative, and as such they have a blank
alt attribute and screen readers are told to ignore them.
Although there are no boxes, there is a single, left-hand side line running the total length of each text area (heading plus summary content).
Other versions of these patterns
Some versions of card navigation may include a gradient effect along the bottom border of individual boxes.
Why we use these patterns
Features of these patterns, such as the large size of the boxes in the card navigation pattern, help space out content to make it easier for users to find the content they need.
These patterns can also be reused across websites, creating a consistent experience for users and cutting development time.
To understand user behaviour, clicks on navigation items can be tracked through the original page path, the click URL, the click text, and a data attribute showing the item number.
The data attributes are added automatically by the Design System’s ‘tracking’ script.
Sector profiles (tradingnation.mygov.scot)
Country profiles (tradingnation.mygov.scot)
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