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This guide explains how to structure question pages.

Meeting the Digital Service Standard

To pass point 13 (make the user experience consistent with GOV.UK) in your service assessments, you must use GOV.UK design patterns and guidance.

Read the guide on using, adapting and creating design patterns before you start designing or building anything.

Example of a question page

What is your date of birth.png

Get the code

You can get the code and assets you need for question pages in GOV.UK elements.

Setting up a question page

Question pages should include a:

  • back link
  • page heading
  • continue button

Read a guide on how to structure complex, multi-page forms.

Always include a back link on question pages.

Some users don’t trust browser ‘back’ buttons when they’re entering data. Adding a ‘back’ link reassures them that it’s possible to go back and change previous answers.

This should be at the top of the page because users are most likely to want to go back when they first land on a page. Make sure it takes them to the previous page and that it works when JavaScript isn’t available.

Page headings

You can use a statement or question format for page headings. Once you’ve chosen a format, try to use it consistently across all your question pages (unless you have a good reason not to).

Using a question as the page heading

If you’re only asking for one piece of information on a page, use a question as the page heading - for example, ‘Where do you live?’.

Example of a question page heading, titled "Where do you live?"

There’s a coded example of a question as the page heading for a set of radio buttons in the GOV.UK elements guide.

Using a statement as the page heading

If you need to group related questions on a single page, use a statement as the heading.

This example uses ‘Passport details’ to describe the related questions:

Passport details.png

Section headings

Avoid duplicating the same page heading across multiple pages.

The page heading should relate specifically to the information being asked for on the current page, not any higher-level section the page is part of.

If you need to show the high-level section, you can use the ‘secondary-heading’ style - for example, ‘About you’.

What is your home address.png

Continue button

Make sure your ‘Continue’ button is:

  • labelled ‘Continue’, not ‘Next’
  • aligned to the left so users don’t miss it

Asking users questions

When asking questions, you should:

  • explain why they’ll be asked questions
  • say how many questions users might need to answer
  • order questions to give most users the quickest result
  • only ask questions that users will be able to answer
  • avoid asking for information that you can find in government data
  • allow users to answer ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I’m not sure’ - if these are valid responses
  • translate supporting documents into clear questions on the page - don’t force users to go away and read background information before they can give an answer

Discuss question pages

Discuss question pages on the design patterns wiki.

Examples and case studies

Read a blog post about asking questions using ‘one thing per page’.

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