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Application: smart-answers

Serves smart answers on GOV.UK

Ownership

#govuk-platform-health owns the application and is responsible for updating its dependencies.

Hosting

The production version of this application is hosted on AWS.

SSH Access (AWS)

gds govuk connect ssh -e integration calculators_frontend
gds govuk connect ssh -e staging aws/calculators_frontend
gds govuk connect ssh -e production aws/calculators_frontend

Run a rake task

README

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Smart answers are a great tool for content designers to present complex information in a quick and simple way. Defining what they are – decision trees? calculators? tools? is immaterial – what they do is provide a reusable technical framework to build a quick and simple answer to a complex question.

Read more in Lisa Scott’s GDS blog post.

Screenshots

Student Finance Forms screenshot

Live examples

Nomenclature

  • Smart Answer: The flow, questions and outcomes.

  • Flow: Defines the questions, outcomes and the rules for navigating between them.

  • Landing page: Contains a description of the Smart Answer and the “Start now” button that leads to the first question.

  • Question page: Contains an individual question that’s asked in order to help arrive at at an outcome.

  • Outcome page: Contains the result of the Smart Answer based on responses to individual questions.

Technical documentation

This is a Ruby on Rails application that contains:

  • A Rails application to serve Smart Answers
  • A DSL for creating Smart Answers
  • The Smart Answers that appear on GOV.UK

NOTE. This application doesn’t use a database and as such it doesn’t include the ActiveRecord Railtie in application.rb.

Dependencies

Smart Answers

Smart Answer flow development

Smart Answers app development

Debugging

Registering on GOV.UK

  • bundle exec rake publishing_api:sync_all will send all smart answers to the Publishing API.

Licence

MIT License