Over on Basecamp, government publishers often ask us for examples of good HTML publications (HTML pubs) on GOV.UK. Here are some we’ve come across that make good use of the format.
Over time, we plan to make the HTML pub format so good that PDF documents become the exception.
As John Ploughman wrote last year, they work better on mobile, they work better with screen readers, and they work better with Google (other search engines are available). They’re also quicker to update and publish.
In July 2015, we created and published the Summer Budget as an HTML pub. In the last 3 months, the HTML pub has been looked at 10,056 times, while the equivalent PDF has only been downloaded 3,695 times.
Similarly, in November 2015 we published the Spending Review and Autumn Statement. In the same 3 months, the HTML pub has been looked at 34,031 times, while the PDF has been downloaded 16,100 times.
Other notable examples of HTML pubs include:
We’ll be blogging about HTML publications again soon, so keep checking back.