Here are the most significant things we'll be working on in the government section of GOV.UK in this sprint:
- Translating contact details. We're going to make contact details on organisation pages (in particular Wales Office) and Worldwide office pages (embassies etc) translatable, because they serve non-English speaking users.
- Improving change notes in publisher. We're moving where you add change notes from the editing page to the view page in publisher. This will make it quicker to find, and make the distinction between internal comments and public change notes clearer.
- Inline guidance on use of formats in publisher. It's helpful for users when content is consistently categorised into the right format, particularly because it allows you to filter by kind of document, e.g. case studies from DFID. So we're including inline definitions of what each format is meant to be for in publisher, to help editors apply them consistently.
- Changes to document filter in publisher. When we did some user testing with editors in departments we found that the publisher document filter was a major pain point. Last sprint we designed an improved filter - which allows you to reset all the fields at once, for example - and this sprint we're going to build it.
- Improving workflow on collections (formerly known as document series). This is ongoing from last sprint, and will give collections workflow, fact checking, 2nd eyes, tagging to multiple organisations or topics, and more.
- Multiple, ordered HTML versions. Also from last sprint, this turned out to be bigger than we thought, but it's going to make HTML versions a great alternative to PDFs.
- Top tasks on topics. Our analytics showed that many people who visited topic pages were looking for related mainstream tasks, so we're going to make it possible to link from one to the other, e.g. from the higher education topic we could link to the mainstream student loans information. As well as coding the feature, we're doing research to find out which are the most popular mainstream tasks related to each topic.
- Sort documents within groups in a collection. We've had a lot of requests for this from editors, and it makes sense for end-users, so we're doing it now.
We’ll demo where we’ve got to on all this and more besides at the show and tell on Monday 14th October at 3.30pm. Representatives from orgs who are live on GOV.UK are extremely welcome, please comment on this post or email me if you want to come.