Service Manual Publisher is used for publishing and maintaining https://gov.uk/service-manual. This application, together with service-manual-frontend replaced the previous Jekyll-based service manual.
- Guide: A guide is the main document format used for manuals.
- Guide Community: A profile page that represents the community who curate a collection of guides.
- Topic: A collection of guides.
- Point: A point from the service standard.
PostgreSQL-backed Rails publishing application for internal use, with no public facing aspect.
There is some disparity between the content as it appears in the database, and the content as it appears in the publishing api. This will need to be addressed if we switch to using the publishing api as our main data store in the future.
The Service manual's guide pages have a nested URL structure which is unusual for GOV.UK. The pros and cons to the nested URL structure are retrospectively documented.
To handle image uploads
To persist and render guides
NB: Every application above may have its own dependencies
You will need to clone down all these repositories, and run the following commands for each one:
bundle bundle exec rake db:setup
To run the application in development you will need at least one user in the application database. In a rails console do:
User.create!(name: "My Name", email: "email@example.com")
cd /var/govuk/development bowl service-manual-publisher service-manual-frontend
./startup.sh in the
service-manual-publisher directory on
the development VM.
cd /var/govuk/service-manual-publisher ./startup.sh
The application runs on port
3111 by default. If you're using the GDS VM it's
exposed on http://service-manual-publisher.dev.gov.uk.
The application has a style guide that can be accessed on
bundle exec rake