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An ambitious design that meets best-in-class requirements for web accessibility.
In January 2021, Kruso's collaboration with Herning Municipality, Inklusio, Special Minds, and Mundfuld Studio began on a new website for the municipality. A year later, Herning Municipality has a modern Umbraco solution built on Publify, Kruso's municipal development community. We have an ongoing collaboration with all Publify customers because Publify is a community that can help improve the solution for all its members.
Herning Municipality needed an update of design, but first and foremost, there was a technical need. The most important points for the municipality were user-friendliness for both citizens and the municipality's editors, a new design, and a consistent focus on web accessibility.
The solution is built on Umbraco open-source CMS. In addition to ensuring unique user-friendliness for the editors, this is a flexible solution with lots of different integrations and can thus be explicitly adapted to Herning Municipality's needs.
In building Herning Municipality's new solution, there was cooperation and sparring between frontend and UX early in the process. This sparring resulted in UX knowing what the possibilities within the framework of the Publify core were from the beginning. Thus, Kruso, in meetings with the municipality and the external designer from Mundfuld Studio, could be at the forefront and make sure early on that the different parts of the process adapted to each other.
The work with web accessibility happened in collaboration with Inklusio and Special Minds IT, experts in the field. Kruso generally focuses on web accessibility, but expert advice and assessment throughout the process has ensured a consistent focus on web accessibility from UX and design to the development process itself.
When we develop our setup, we make extensive use of SiteImprove. This time, it has also proved to be a great advantage to involve some experts who look through the solution manually. It has given us a new insight into what works best for the user when we talk about web accessibility.
One of the new functionalities that have been developed specifically for Herning is a new user-friendly solution for filtering search on their website. Specifically, we made a refactoring of the faceted lists, which makes it possible to do a local search on the site. This means, that the user is given the opportunity to search more specifically and topic-related in the given list.
There is still a close dialogue between Kruso and Herning municipality concerning operations and new development, and with a view to web accessibility in the content posted by the municipality's editors. Herning municipality can now offer its citizens a new website with an ambitious design that meets their needs and best-in-class requirements for web accessibility.
The collaboration with Herning Municipality has generally been rewarding for us. Throughout the process, they have presented some exciting demands, but at the same time, they have been good at listening to our suggestions.