A new Standard in content

A new version of the Content Standard was released today (9 April 2014) by the Makers strand of LocalGov Digital.

The standard seeks to improve the quality of content across the sector and be a resource which councils can take wholesale for their own use, or append localisations to.

Initially formed from good practice examples already existing in the UK local government sector, the approach of the Government Digital Service and also examples from local government around the world, it now incorporates feedback from those using it.

Additions include the best use of headings and how to write content that supports the democratic process.

The Standard is available on collaboration site GitHub in HTML format and also in Markdown to enable councils to embed them in their own site, or “fork” their own copy.

“The Standard is a great example of cross-sector collaboration, not just to discuss best practice, but to create something tangible to promote it” said LocalGov Digital Vice-Chair, Phil Rumens. “It’s also an example of iterative improvement as more people start using the Standard and contributing to its development”.

If you’re not yet a GitHub user then LocalGov Digital Makers will soon be releasing guidance on how to use it share and collaborate and there’s also there’s also a PDF available too.