Use the phase banner component to show users your service is still being worked on.
New WCAG 2.2 criteria affects this component
To use the ‘Phase banner’ and meet the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 criteria, make sure that users can successfully:
See the full list of components and patterns affected by WCAG 2.2.
When to use this component
Services hosted on a service.gov.uk domain must use the phase banner until they pass a live assessment.
Use an alpha banner when your service is in alpha, and a beta banner if your service is in private or public beta.
How it works
Your banner must be directly under the black GOV.UK header and colour bar.
Do not make the phase banner ‘sticky’ to the top of the page by using `position: fixed` or any other method. This is to make sure it does not cover or obscure any content which has a focus applied. This is to comply with WCAG 2.2 success criterion 2.4.11 Focus not Obscured (minimum).
Add a feedback link
Use a ‘feedback’ link to collect on-page feedback about your service. This can open an email or take the user to a dedicated page or form. Whatever option you use, make sure that users do not lose their place in the service and can return to the page they were on.
Find out what feedback you need to collect at each phase in the GOV.UK Service Manual.
Help improve this component
To help make sure that this page is useful, relevant and up to date, you can:
- take part in the ‘Phase banner’ discussion on GitHub and share your research
- propose a change – read more about how to propose changes in GitHub
Tell us if your service uses this component
Take part in our usage survey (opens in a new tab) to help us improve this component to better meet the needs of the services that use it.
If you’ve got a question about the GOV.UK Design System, contact the team.