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Latest changes to the design system: design system

February 19, 2024

Updated the Typography style to include design specifications for the new main page title (h1) style.

November 7, 2023

Updated the Report a problem pattern to inform users that it is being decommissioned. Stabilized the Page feedback tool pattern and added content specifications and updated implementation instructions.

July 12, 2023

Updated the Subway pattern to remove "avoid sub-steps". This reflects that there may be instances where more complex processes would benefit from the use of sub-steps.

June 29, 2023

Updated the Global header pattern to reflect design changes from the trust study and wayfinding project. This includes documenting criteria for when the theme and topic menu can be removed, clarifying the colour of the flag in the Government of Canada signature and documenting that institutions can contextualize the search box. Also added guidance on what to avoid, research findings and policy rationale.

November 30, 2022

Updated the Global footer pattern to reflect design changes from the Wayfinding project, including modifications to the main footer band and sub-footer band, as well as a new contextual footer band

October 26, 2022

We clarified that the index page is required when you use the subway navigation pattern

August 17, 2022

We expanded the Contextual Sign in button guidance

May 10, 2022

We modified the Contextual Alerts and Service disruptions alerts guidance to:

  • revise a heading to say “service disruption” rather than “crisis”
  • add a recommendation to include dates in the alert and use the correct verb tense
  • add a link to a blog post on alert fatigue
  • adjust definition and implementation advice
October 7, 2021

We modified the Site footer guidance to specify that the following links can be contextualized to link to specific departmental pages:

  • Contact us
  • Terms and conditions
  • Privacy
September 27, 2021

We published a new version of the Ministerial profile template.

July 26, 2021

We added a new section about Continuous improvement of web content.

June 17, 2021

We made a change to the Site footer documentation to make the Report a problem pattern optional.

May 21, 2021

We made the following changes:

  • added a new beta version of the Tables pattern that is responsive on small screens
  • removed the Promotional feature banner pattern
March 24, 2021

We added guidance on Adding structured data on pages .

February 8, 2021

We added the Labels pattern to the library.

January 20, 2021

We made the following changes:

  • added a new beta version of a Subway navigation pattern to break up long and complex content
  • added a new beta version of a persistent sign-in button in the Buttons pattern
  • replaced the disclaimer overlay with a new Privacy disclaimer pattern that uses an expand/collapse design
December 18, 2020

We updated the Contextual alerts pattern to reflect the new alert style.

December 17, 2020

We made the following changes:

October 30, 2020

We made the following minor changes:

  • we updated the guidance on the Buttons design pattern to provide coded examples and specify when to use which style
  • we updated the guidance on the Carousels design pattern to specify when to use this pattern and when to avoid it
October 21, 2020

We made the following changes:

June 30, 2020

We added a new beta version of the Theme and topic template.

June 25, 2020

We moved the detailed design and requirements for header and footer to the design system library, and modified the small screen version of the global header.

April 17, 2020

We modified the Breadcrumb trail pattern: the first item in the breadcrumb trail was changed from "Home" to "".

February 28, 2020

We made changes to the following templates to reflect the new Policy on Service and Digital:

February 12, 2020

Carousels are no longer mandatory on theme pages.

February 3, 2020

We made the following changes:

November 28, 2019

We made the following changes:

  • Mandatory elements: we moved the detailed guidance on mandatory elements to the template and pattern library
  • Institutional landing page: we are introducing a new beta template for the institutional landing page, merging the institutional and organizational profiles to better reflect the role and purpose of this mandatory template
  • Report a problem: we modified the guidance to allow for some customization
  • Transparency template: we are introducing a new suggested layout for transparency and corporate reporting information
  • Basic page layout: we created examples that show how patterns can be combined in a basic page layout
  • Contextual alerts: we are introducing a new beta pattern for contextual alerts
  • Expand/collapse: we modified the guidance to allow the use of expand/collapse to present a choice between mutually exclusive answers
August 27, 2019

We made the following minor change:

  • we changed the Date modified pattern to reflect the format currently in use across yyyy-mm-dd
January 31, 2019

We’ve made major updates to the design system:

Overall, this update signals a shift in philosophy. We’ve shortened the list of mandatory elements, and shifted the focus to task success for users. Templates and design patterns will be changed and improved regularly, based on evidence. All changes will be documented on this page.

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