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Release notes: Citizen Space v1.11.1 - release date May 1, 2013

Kate Laine-Toner -

We've spent much of the last 4 or 5 development cycles bringing new features to fruition. We're now pioneering these with selected customers before general release. During this intermission, we're putting our efforts towards some enhancements, bug fixes and behind-the-scenes stuff. We'll also be asking for your views soon, with our own survey about Citizen Space.  

What's new

April is surely the time for a spring-clean, so we spent a bit of time this month tidying up the Citizen Space code. In the long-term it means our developers can spend more time on the good stuff, and it will be easier to keep Citizen Space up-to-date.

Style improvements
We're on a mission to improve the look of Citizen Space, and to this end, over the next few months we will be making a number of obvious and not-so-obvious changes. Here are some of the things you'll notice with this release:
  • Previously when creating a consultation, the Audiences, Areas and Interests selection boxes were small and not particularly user-friendly. They'll be much easier to use now.
Areas selection box
  • We've improved the look of some of the buttons in the software, to make them clearer.
User experience improvements
We've also made some enhancements to help you when creating consultations, and end-users when responding. Here are some of the more obvious ones:
  • On the 'Add Consultation' page, you'll now see a preview of the consultation URL, before you create the consultation. This could help avoid excessively long URLs:
  • On the 'Responses by Question' view, the headings displayed when responses are grouped are clearer.
  • For end-users, we changed the 'Finish' button on the penultimate page of a linear survey to say 'Next'.
Bug fixes
We fixed some bugs, mainly related to the analyst function and permissions:
  • assigning the analyst role to an existing consultation owner no longer removes the owner role;
  • assigning a consultation to a new owner no longer removes analyst roles;
  • assigned analysts are now shown correctly on the 'Manage Analysts' page.

In other news...

Since the last release announcement, we've welcomed Surrey County Council, the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and East Sussex County Council to the Citizen Space family. Rowena traveled to Eastbourne to train East Sussex last week and found out more about how Citizen Space will help them. Read more 

Jess has undertaken her annual(ish) review of the web browsers used to access Citizen Space, by both Central Government administrators and public end-users. And her findings are music to our developers' ears. Find out why

Until next time folks! But of course, if you want to speak to us in the meantime, we'd love to hear from you.