Today we’re releasing another stage in the alpha of the style guide. We’ve added 2 new sections, writing for the web and the style guide for services, to help content designers throughout government and new editors at arm’s length bodies.
The first thing you’ll see is the new navigation. A while ago, I wrote to content people working on GOV.UK across government to ask them what improvements they wanted to see in the guide. One thing a lot of people wanted to see was guidance for each of the different content types, so we’ve done that.
Writing for the web
This section is a short guide to introduce people to writing for the internet. It has links to research and explains why we have some of the rules that we do. It goes into identifying user needs, how people read and what matters most to the user.
Transactions style guide
This is the first iteration of a style for writing for GOV.UK services. We’ve been working with the design team to make sure service managers have very clear guidance on what services should look like.
It’s not done
We know this isn’t perfect. We know we have a lot of work to do to add more content, make the navigation better, make it look better. We’re working on it. Meanwhile, the content on it is correct and up to date, so be assured that it is the latest style guidance.
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