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Back link #32
Use this issue to discuss the back link component in the GOV.UK Design System.
Discuss this component in the comments below.
created this issue from a note
in GOV.UK Design System Community Backlog
Jan 12, 2018
Home Office have made some improvements to the back button which we should consider adopting.
Suggested changes to the back link pattern
When not to use this component
On non-linear flows including a back link could confuse users or stop them completing a task
How to use this component
Adding a page title or ‘back to previous page’ makes it clearer to the user what to expect from the interaction. It also helps increase a users confidence that they will not lose their work.
We have seen some users not understand the context of the current back link design. This has caused them anxiety.
Some users have been concerned that using the back link would lose their work.
Adjustments to design
I think there is an opportunity to increase the target size of this component to satisfy WCAG 2.1 Level AAA https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/#target-size
One way to do this would be to have an invisible overlay that increases the touch area, I have made an example of this here: https://back-link-bigger-target-size-example.glitch.me/
Dropbox Paper audit
On 9 Jan 2019 the Design System team reviewed a Dropbox Paper document discussing the back link component.
The aim was to reduce the number of places containing guidance and code by:
Below is a record of the outcomes of that review.
If you need to, you can see the original Dropbox Paper content in the internet archive.
Updates to the Design System
The Design System team will carry out the following updates to ensure that relevant, useful content from the Dropbox Paper file is added to the Design System.
Update the Question pages guidance to say do not disable the browser back button.