Web Design Standards
The California Department of Education (CDE) Web Design Standards provide Web Page Creators, Web Application Developers, Web Coordinators, Web Content Providers, and CDE Contractors with guidance and standards for the creation of all Web products for the California Department of Education's public Web site and internal Intranet site.
Built upon the CDE Web Accessibility Standards, these Web Design Standards also help ensure that there is accessible, aesthetic (look and feel), usable, and functional consistency across all CDE Web sites.
These Web Design Standards apply to any Web site with "cde" in the URL, such as http://www.cde.ca.gov/, or http://star.cde.ca.gov/; and/or to any Web site with the "CDE Look and Feel." Any site that is meant to appear to be an official CDE Web site by using the CDE logo and/or style elements that are intentionally similar to those on the main CDE Web site is considered a Web site with the CDE Look and Feel.
These standards do not apply to contracted Web sites that do not have "cde" in the URL and have a look and feel that is unique and different from that of the CDE's Web sites. Use the CDE Web Standards to determine which standards apply to a particular Web product.
- File Names
- Text Styles
- Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar
- Layout and Formatting
- Link Notations
- Special Characters
- Web Documents
- Web Document Metadata
- Accessible Alternative Versions
- Questions Line
- State Board Web Pages and Documents
- Elements Particular to Web Applications
- CMD Parental Notification Documents
- Division Content Areas (Intranet)
- Audience Portals