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Address block

Use: Deployed
Address block is used to highlight mailing and physical addresses and contact information for VA facilities (with some notable exceptions). It can also be used to display personal information we may have for a Veteran.

Examples

See this in Storybook

Usage

When to use address block

  • Addresses in content blocks: Use an address block to call out an address when it sits within a content block. The blue bar will bring attention to the address block and make it easier to find when scanning a page.
  • Form intro pages: Use an address block on form introductory pages where the mailing address is needed.

When to consider something else

  • Clear Address header: If the Address is directly below a clear header named “Address”, as it is on VA Health Center pages, then the address block with blue border is not necessary.
  • Accordions for a series: If you have a series of addresses in the body of a page and outside of a form or tool then an Accordion can be used. For example, if you have 3 or more addresses in succession.
  • Phone numbers in isolation: If you need to show one or more phone numbers, use the Telephone component.

Placement

  • Address block can appear within a block of content following a paragraph, list, or header.

Instances of this component in production

Example of this component in isolation.
Use of this component for a VA Debt Management Center address.

Like this

Example of this component to show Veteran personal information.
Use of this component for Veteran personal information.

Not this

Example of this component used incorrectly for phone numbers instead of addresses and by directly overriding styles to remove the blue border.
Use of this component is not for phone numbers in isolation and the blue border should not be removed.

Code usage

  • The Address block component is created by applying the CSS class .va-address-block to a <p> HTML element.
  • Only use the <address> HTML element for contact information related to the current page. <address> is only intended for contact information and not physical addresses (e.g. not for a Health Center facility address).

Content considerations

Don’t use periods in PO for PO Box.

Write out street names (street, road, avenue, boulevard, highway, etc.) in both body copy and in address blocks. Don’t abbreviate.

When a street address contains a compass point (north, south, etc.), defer to the way it’s referenced locally. For example, some cities may abbreviate compass points like north and south for some but not all streets.

In the examples below, we spell out the street names, and style the compass points the way they're locally referenced in Washington, D.C., and New York City, which both abbreviate compass points.

Like this

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

123 E. 45th Street
New York, NY 67890

Not this

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

123 East 45th St.
New York, NY 67890

Zip codes

When we ask a Veteran to fill out their address, we don’t require them to include the extra 4 digits of their zip code. But when we (VA) provide an address for Veterans to send documents to, we sometimes include the extra 4 digits of the zip code.

Component checklist

Maturity

Guidance
Examples, usage, code usage, content considerations, and accessibility considerations are all complete.
Research
VFS team conducted research on this component which is linked from this page.
Stability
Component has been in production for more than 3 months with no significant issues found.
Adoption
Multiple teams have adopted this component.

Accessibility

Accessible use of color
Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information (WCAG 2.0 1.4.1).
Accessible contrast
Text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 for small text and at least 3:1 for large text (WCAG 2.0 1.4.3). Visual information required to identify components and states (except inactive components) has a contrast ratio of at least 3:1 (WCAG 2.1 1.4.11).
Keyboard interactions
Follows WCAG 2.0 standards for keyboard accessibility guidelines and includes a description of the keyboard interactions. All interactive elements can be selected and activated using the keyboard.
Content zoom tested
Component has been tested with the display set to 400% at 1280px viewport width to ensure that the component does not have overlapping text or elements and all interactive elements still operate.
Tested in screen readers
Tested with screen readers to ensure there are no issues with reading order, spelling, dynamic content, and interactive elements.

Code assets

Variations
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Visual assets

Variations
Sketch library includes all variations (style, size, orientation, optional iconography, selection, error state, etc.)
Responsive
Component designed to work in all responsive breakpoints.
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Includes all interactive states that are applicable (hover, active, focus, keyboard focus, disabled).
Tokens
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Last updated: Jan 30, 2024