In September, we were busy laying the groundwork for an exciting fall.

Due to popular demand, all of your search results pages are now mobile-friendly.

We also rolled out a feature to index PDF files, the first of our on demand indexing features. Stay tuned as we will have more in-depth posts about how you can use DigitalGov Search to make your various content sources immediately appear within your search results.

As a reminder, we divide our work into three categories.

  1. Features: Things that you actually notice
  2. Bugs: Fixes to any code issues that may arise
  3. Chores: Back-end improvements that you don’t notice

Features for Affiliate Center Users

  • Ability to specify a PDF file to be fetched and indexed
  • Ability to add a featured site
  • Ability to access the Search API via XML
  • Ability to reference your external CSS

Features for Searchers

  • Searchers see indexed PDFs after the last Bing result, and can click to see a subsequent page consisting of only locally indexed PDF files
  • Searchers see more results from Boosted Content layer if there are no Bing results
  • Mobile visitors to your websites see mobile-friendly results pages
  • Searchers see 508-friendly colors on the grey template
  • Searchers see agencies’ popular URLs based on their language (i.e., locale)
  • Searchers on USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov see Featured Collections
  • Mobile visitors to m.USA.gov see both Featured Content and Top Questions FAQs

Bugs

  • Visitors on m.USA.gov who have chosen Classic mode remain on the classic results page after clicking on a search trends link
  • Searchers see only the one, most relevant featured collection
  • Searchers see both featured sites and collections
  • Searchers see newspaper-style lists in featured collections

Chores

  • Upgrade Rails for security fixes
  • Remove PPT from certain query strings