Updated Web Guide released
I’m pleased to announce the release of a revamped and updated Web Guide. The purpose of the Web Guide is to help agencies manage their online presence and understand their relevant legal and policy obligations in this space. The site replaces the previous Web Publishing Guide, which was launched in May 2007.
The Web Guide contains the latest up-to-date advice in areas such as accessibility, Government 2.0, copyright, freedom of information and many more. We’ve also tried out some new things with the site, like our new page listing various PDF readers, including free and open source options. This is meant to be something agencies can link to from their own sites where appropriate rather than pointing their users to a single PDF reader application.
In updating the Web Guide we have tried to consult as widely as possible on the redevelopment. We worked closely with a range of agencies to form the site’s new content. We reached out to our mailing lists and other relevant contacts to run focus groups about the site’s future.
We also tried to consult with you, the public, wherever we could – before its content was rolled into the blog you’re reading now, my team ran a Web Guide blog. We used that blog – and later, the AGIMO Blog – to discuss the progress of the site, including our design choices, the results of the focus groups and to release some the new content (particularly our Government 2.0 Primer) as soon as it was ready.
In a lot of ways, launching the updated Web Guide is only a first step. We’re already at work developing more content to add to the site – for example, we know that agencies are interested in new guidelines about how to apply the mandatory Australian Government branding to mobile applications. From here, we will work to develop new guidance while also keeping the existing content current. I’d appreciate any comments on the updated Guide or suggestions for new content you may have to help us along the way.