Download links - Canada.ca design pattern

Download links are used for referencing and linking to non-HTML files on Canada.ca web pages.

When to use this pattern

  • Only use this pattern for non-HTML files like PDFs and Excel documents that already have an HTML equivalent
  • Do not use this pattern when linking to HTML pages

How to use this pattern

  • Include a thumbnail or generic image indicating that this link is to a non-HTML resource
  • Include the name of the non-HTML file as a text link
  • Include file type and file size information in parentheses
  • Do not place the download links block in line with text blocks, for example within a paragraph; instead, place it in between text blocks
  • The default alignment is flush left

Working example

Example

Download links pattern
Screenshot illustrating the download link pattern on Canada.ca. Details on this graphic can be found in the surrounding text.
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