Mesh created a complex content management system (CMS) that would allow the SIU to maintain its website simply and effectively without the ongoing need for in-house technical resources for general content updates to critical communications such as news releases, director’s reports, case statuses and occurrence reports. This highly customized CMS was built on an open-source architecture and has been continually updated over the years to support the changing needs of the SIU and their mandate.
The latest edition of the SIU website was launched to coincide with the Special Investigations Unit Act on December 1, 2020. This updated version has a completely redesigned front end (www.siu.on.ca) with particular attention given to the accessibility of the website.
December 1, 2020: New SIU Act takes effect and new SIU website is launched
Web Content Accessiblity GuidelinesAs a government agency, the SIU is mandated to comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standards to ensure that its web content is as widely accessible as possible to those with disabilities. During development, Mesh paid particular attention to both code validity and visual accessibility of the front-end pages in order to satisfy this requirement.
Mesh designed an optimized publishing process for the SIU that allows staff to quickly publish director’s reports independently of technical staff availability, saving both resources and publication time.
In addition to the director’s reports, key information surrounding SIU cases are shared through news releases and case statuses. These content elements are also fully integrated into the web publishing system and support the transparency requirements in keeping with the SIU's mandate.