Components

Tag

When to use this component

Use the tag component when it’s possible for something to have more than one status and it’s useful for the user to know about that status. For example, you can use a tag to show whether an item in a task list has been ‘completed’.

How it works

There are two ways to use the tag component. You can use HTML or, if you are using Nunjucks or the GOV.UK Prototype Kit, you can use the Nunjucks macro.

Tags are just used to indicate a status, so do not add links. Use nouns rather than verbs for the names of your tags. Using a verb might make a user think that clicking on them will do something.

Showing one or two statuses

Sometimes a single status is enough. For example if you need to tell users which parts of an application they’ve finished and which they haven’t, you may only need a ‘Completed’ tag. Because the user understands that if something doesn’t have a tag, that means it’s incomplete.

The task list pattern has an example of how to show one status using tags.

Or it can make sense to have two statuses. For example you may find that there’s a need to have one tag for ‘Active’ users and one for ‘Inactive’ users.

<table class="govuk-table">
  <thead class="govuk-table__head">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Name of user </th>
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Status </th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody class="govuk-table__body">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachel Silver
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--grey">
  Inactive
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Jesse Smith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--grey">
  Inactive
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Joshua Wessel
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag">
  Active
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachael Pepper
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag">
  Active
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Stuart Say
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--grey">
  Inactive
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Laura Frith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag">
  Active
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Tim Harvey
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--grey">
  Inactive
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>
Nunjucks macro options

Use options to customise the appearance, content and behaviour of a component when using a macro, for example, changing the text.

Some options are required for the macro to work; these are marked as "Required" in the option description.

If you're using Nunjucks macros in production with "html" options, or ones ending with "html", you must sanitise the HTML to protect against cross-site scripting exploits.

Primary options
Name Type Description
text string Required. If html is set, this is not required. Text to use within the tag component. If html is provided, the text argument will be ignored.
html string Required. If text is set, this is not required. HTML to use within the tag component. If html is provided, the text argument will be ignored.
classes string Classes to add to the tag.
attributes object HTML attributes (for example data attributes) to add to the tag.
{%- from "govuk/components/tag/macro.njk" import govukTag -%}

<table class="govuk-table">
  <thead class="govuk-table__head">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Name of user </th>
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Status </th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody class="govuk-table__body">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachel Silver
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Inactive",
          classes: "govuk-tag--grey"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Jesse Smith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Inactive",
          classes: "govuk-tag--grey"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Joshua Wessel
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Active"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachael Pepper
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Active"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Stuart Say
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Inactive",
          classes: "govuk-tag--grey"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Laura Frith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Active"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Tim Harvey
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Inactive",
          classes: "govuk-tag--grey"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

Showing multiple statuses

Tags should be helpful to users. The more you add, the harder it is for users to remember them. So start with the smallest number of statuses you think might work, then add more if your user research shows there’s a need for them.

<table class="govuk-table">
  <thead class="govuk-table__head">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Application </th>
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Status </th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody class="govuk-table__body">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Joshua Wessel
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--red">
  Urgent
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachel Silver
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--blue">
  New
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Laura Frith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--blue">
  New
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Paul French
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--blue">
  New
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Jesse Smith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--blue">
  New
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachael Pepper
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--green">
  Finished
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>

    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Emma Tennant
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--yellow">
  Waiting on
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>
Nunjucks macro options

Use options to customise the appearance, content and behaviour of a component when using a macro, for example, changing the text.

Some options are required for the macro to work; these are marked as "Required" in the option description.

If you're using Nunjucks macros in production with "html" options, or ones ending with "html", you must sanitise the HTML to protect against cross-site scripting exploits.

Primary options
Name Type Description
text string Required. If html is set, this is not required. Text to use within the tag component. If html is provided, the text argument will be ignored.
html string Required. If text is set, this is not required. HTML to use within the tag component. If html is provided, the text argument will be ignored.
classes string Classes to add to the tag.
attributes object HTML attributes (for example data attributes) to add to the tag.
{%- from "govuk/components/tag/macro.njk" import govukTag -%}

<table class="govuk-table">
  <thead class="govuk-table__head">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Application </th>
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Status </th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody class="govuk-table__body">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Joshua Wessel
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Urgent",
          classes: "govuk-tag--red"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachel Silver
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "New",
          classes: "govuk-tag--blue"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Laura Frith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "New",
          classes: "govuk-tag--blue"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Paul French
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "New",
          classes: "govuk-tag--blue"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Jesse Smith
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "New",
          classes: "govuk-tag--blue"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Rachael Pepper
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Finished",
          classes: "govuk-tag--green"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>

    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        Emma Tennant
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Waiting on",
          classes: "govuk-tag--yellow"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

Using colour with tags

You can use colour to help distinguish between different tags – or to help draw the user’s attention to a tag if it’s especially important. For example, it probably makes sense to use govuk-tag--red for a tag that reads ‘Urgent’.

Do not use colour alone to convey information because it’s not accessible. If you use the same tag in more than one place, make sure you keep the colour consistent.

Because tags with solid colours tend to stand out more, it’s usually best to avoid mixing solid colours and tints: use one or the other. This matters less if you’re only using two colours. For example, it’s okay to use the tint govuk-tag--grey and solid blue tags together if you only need two statuses.

Additional colours

If you need more tag colours, you can use the following tints.

<table class="govuk-table">
  <thead class="govuk-table__head">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Class name </th>
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Tag </th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody class="govuk-table__body">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--grey </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--grey">
  Inactive
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--green </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--green">
  New
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--turquoise </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--turquoise">
  Active
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--blue </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--blue">
  Pending
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--purple </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--purple">
  Received
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--pink </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--pink">
  Sent
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--red </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--red">
  Rejected
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--orange </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--orange">
  Declined
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--yellow </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <strong class="govuk-tag govuk-tag--yellow">
  Delayed
</strong>

      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>
Nunjucks macro options

Use options to customise the appearance, content and behaviour of a component when using a macro, for example, changing the text.

Some options are required for the macro to work; these are marked as "Required" in the option description.

If you're using Nunjucks macros in production with "html" options, or ones ending with "html", you must sanitise the HTML to protect against cross-site scripting exploits.

Primary options
Name Type Description
text string Required. If html is set, this is not required. Text to use within the tag component. If html is provided, the text argument will be ignored.
html string Required. If text is set, this is not required. HTML to use within the tag component. If html is provided, the text argument will be ignored.
classes string Classes to add to the tag.
attributes object HTML attributes (for example data attributes) to add to the tag.
{%- from "govuk/components/tag/macro.njk" import govukTag -%}

<table class="govuk-table">
  <thead class="govuk-table__head">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Class name </th>
      <th class="govuk-table__header" scope="col"> Tag </th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody class="govuk-table__body">
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--grey </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Inactive",
          classes: "govuk-tag--grey"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--green </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "New",
          classes: "govuk-tag--green"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--turquoise </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Active",
          classes: "govuk-tag--turquoise"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--blue </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Pending",
          classes: "govuk-tag--blue"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--purple </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Received",
          classes: "govuk-tag--purple"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--pink </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Sent",
          classes: "govuk-tag--pink"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--red </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Rejected",
          classes: "govuk-tag--red"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--orange </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Declined",
          classes: "govuk-tag--orange"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
    <tr class="govuk-table__row">
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        <code> govuk-tag--yellow </code>
      </td>
      <td class="govuk-table__cell">
        {{govukTag({
          text: "Delayed",
          classes: "govuk-tag--yellow"
        })}}
      </td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

Research on this component

The Department for Education contributed the coloured tags. They’re being used in:

  • apply for teacher training (used by citizens)
  • manage teacher training applications (used by teacher training providers)

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