GOV.UK: beta to live

By now, the departments understood we really were doing this. We were near publishing the beta to live and we said we would publish with or without departmental fact checking. We weren’t looking for approval. We just needed to know if it was wrong. We wanted to work...

GOV.UK beta

Last week, I left you at the end of convergence at Directgov. Next came the alpha of GOV.UK. As I wasn’t on the alpha, I won’t comment on that. One of my team was, the truly brilliant @lisa_e_scott, but having lunch with her once a week was as close as I got. If you...

Specifying a reading age for web content

Many organisations have a reading age for their websites and publications. It’s for usability. GOV.UK had a reading age of 9 years old for citizen- and business-facing text and 14 years old for the corporate content (when I was there, they may have changed it now). In...