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GDS updates guidance for publishing on GOV.UK


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Government Digital Service has updated its guidance for departments and agencies in publishing information and services on the GOV.UK website.

Its new version of the GOV.UK proposition includes clarifications on when it is appropriate to provide general advice on the site to help a user complete a task or follow the law.

A blogpost on the change points to an example of advice on health and safety when travelling to a country with an unstable political situation.

A link has also been established to a new page in GOV.UK’s content design guidance that sets out standard conditions for exemptions, including the requirement to meet accessibility and privacy standards.

Other changes are a factual correction to reflect that GOV.UK includes information about courts, tribunals and judges but not judiciary content, and a rewriting of some content to make it more concise and focused on what publishers in other departments need to do.

The changes are part of a regular process of reviewing and iterating the content of the site.

Template changes

Changes are also being made to campaign templates to allow multiple pages, make it easier to meet legal accessibility requirements, improve useability and provide departments with more flexible and visually rich design components.

Writing in the blog, Robert Roskstroh, policy and strategy manager for GOV.UK, said: “We’ll gather feedback on how the updated proposition works for users to inform future iterations. We’ll also update the proposition to reflect the new campaign offer once it goes live in the summer.”

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