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For The Week Of September 30, 2016 Through October 6, 2016

The New Website: Improved Schedules Page

By Gongwer Staff
Posted: October, 6 2016 1:26 PM

As part of the rollout of the redesigned Gongwer News Service website, Gongwer will highlight new features so that subscribers can get the most out of their subscription.

One of the enhancements is to the Schedules page, which contains the day's legislative committee hearings, meetings of state boards/agencies/commissions and other events like fundraisers.

There are now easy-to-use tabs at the top of the page - Day Planner, Committee Schedule, Agency Calendar and Event Planner - enabling users to easily switch from one schedule to another. The old page had difficult to find links.

So if a user wants to see all upcoming committee or agency meetings or other events, the user just needs to click on the relevant tab.

The committee schedule page also improves the layout with a larger point size on the committees and large blue blocks with the bill numbers to make them easy to find.

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The New Website: Improved Navigation

By Gongwer Staff
Posted: October, 5 2016 11:10 AM

As part of the rollout of the redesigned Gongwer News Service website, Gongwer will highlight new features so that subscribers can get the most out of their subscription.

One of the significant enhancements to the site is that the navigation bar remains in view even as users scroll down the website, allowing users to avoid the hassle of returning to the top of the page to reach other key features of the website.

Additionally, the site now includes a button with three horizontal lines in the upper right corner that includes many other features of the site once located solely in the footer or in specific parts of the site, again allowing users to have easy access to all features at all times.

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Gongwer Launches Redesigned, Responsive Website

By Gongwer Staff
Posted: September, 30 2016 3:10 PM

Gongwer News Service today launched its fifth-generation website – a responsively-designed platform that significantly enhances the subscriber experience.

The new site improves the display and functionality of all the company’s online services while preserving the general web structure that has been available over the last several years.

The site is designed to better accommodate subscribers using mobile devices in an app-like environment, and sets the stage for the rollout of a number of other advanced services in the near future.

Among other things, the new site:

--improves the display of the Ohio Report and access to the extensive Gongwer news archive;

--simplifies the presentation of a variety of Gongwer bill tracking services;

--streamlines legislative status reports and custom committee schedules;

--implements a more evident green tracking tag after bill numbers, committees and activities;

--activates linked phone numbers to more easily contact lawmakers via mobile devices, and;

--enhances the layout of legislative activities and archives.

On many pages across the site, visitors will be able to expand or compress the information that is displayed to suit their personal preferences.

Subscribers can also look to a new menu option – depicted by three horizontal lines in the upper right corner – for a number of features that have been relocated.

To access the site in an app-like setting, visit the Gongwer website and save it to the device’s home screen.

Subscribers interested in printing articles from the report simply need to use their browser’s print function, which will automatically produce a printer-friendly version for printing as opposed to having to click a link to launch a printer-friendly version.

As with all extensive web rollouts, fine tuning and additional changes will be made in the coming days. Please feel free to submit comments on the new site and offer suggestions for additional enhancements.

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