We’ve created a sub topic ‘Content and publishing’ which we recommend you bookmark. From there you can find 4 manuals:
- Content design: planning, managing and writing content
- How to publish on GOV.UK
- Style guide
- Support for government publishers
The aim is to make it simpler, clearer and faster for GOV.UK publishers to find information about style, content design and using Whitehall publisher.
We’ve published them as a beta because they’re very much a 'minimum viable product' at the moment. We’ve brought together all the existing guidance in one consistent format, and updated it where necessary. But we haven’t added anything new yet.
This is the first set of manuals to go live on GOV.UK. The format is in beta and new features are still being added - you can find out what’s next for manuals in the regular roadmap updates on this blog.
We want your feedback
So please go and explore the manuals. We’ll keep the current guidance live until we know the new version links together correctly and there are no major gaps. Then we’ll set up redirects and switch the old guides off.
Let us know what you think, good and bad, using the feedback form.
We carried out user research at every stage of the project to test our assumptions and what we’ve been building. Editors and digital publishers across government have taken part in workshops, interviews, and card sorting exercises.
You’ve told us how you use our guidance and what you want from it, and said what you think about the structure, labelling and tone of the manuals.
A few main themes emerged which informed what we’ve done.
1. My job would be a lot easier if the guidance was in one place.
We heard this over and over again. It confirmed our assumption that the guidance is spread over too many places. And that this project to put all the guidance together was necessary.
2. Too much guidance is in the blogs and it’s hard to keep track of it.
From now on, guidance will only be published in the manuals. Blogs will be used to tell you about projects, what’s coming up and what’s new, and will link to the relevant guidance in a manual.
3. I want to know when something changes.
One of the reasons we picked the manuals format is because it has a great change notes feature so you can see exactly what changed and when. We’re also looking at how users can sign up for alerts.
Filling the gaps
We know there are gaps so that’s what we’ll be working on next. Every couple of weeks we’ll tell you what’s new and let you know what’s coming up for the next sprints. We’re prioritising guidance on content types as you’ve told us that’s really important. So the gaps we’ll be working on first are:
If you think there’s a gap we should focus on next, leave a comment on this blog and we can prioritise according to demand.