We released a lot of search improvements this week. Roo wrote a bit more detail about the changes. We had a really useful retrospective to talk about the good things from the last seven weeks, and the things which we didn’t think went so well. Mazz and I have been doing some more work on an improved search algorithm, preparing it to be rolled out in the next week or two.
I fixed a bug on Monday for the infrequent case where a local authority for a given postcode does not have a ‘snac’ code. This issue usually arises from a lack of data (give the postcode 'SAN TA1’ a try), and until this week it would send the user to a 404 page. The changes mean that we now show a friendlier message to the user when this happens, and point them to the local council directory as an alternative step.
We had our monthly all-staff meeting on Thursday morning at the Royal College of Surgeons. I particularly enjoyed colleagues from the DVLA talking about their exemplar projects (along with a few screenshots too).
Later this week, I’ve been working in Publisher to support the smart answer builder which Jack and others have been building. It’s quite a big piece of work and it’s likely to run through a lot of next week, but once it’s done it will pave the way for building Publisher-driven smart answers on GOV.UK.
Aside from work this week, I’m giving the iOS 7 beta a try on my iPhone. My first impressions have been pretty good - so many interactions feel a lot more natural than on iOS 6. I’ve also been experimenting with a bit of iOS development.