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This page is part of the California Department of Education (CDE) Web Design Standards, which only applies to specific CDE Web sites. Visit the CDE Web Standards to determine if these standards apply to a specific Web product (Web site, Web page, Web document, or Web application) that has been developed by or for the CDE.

Most Web pages (not including Web applications) on all CDE Web sites are created using Adobe's Contribute software templates. WebNETS, which is a custom software application that was created by CDE staff, is also necessary in order to create and process most Web pages on the CDE's public Internet site. Portions of these standards, where noted, apply only to CDE users of Contribute or WebNETS software; or to Web application developers.

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Related to Web pages and documents, a “description” usually refers to a portion of content that defines the content of the page or document. The description defines Web page or document content concisely, but is more expansive than the title. For more information on titles, see the Titles Section of these Design Standards.

For Web pages and documents, descriptions can reside in two places.

CDE Web pages (including Main and Logon Web application pages) and Web documents must have at least a metadata description. Exceptions include all other Web application pages and any other Web pages or documents that are excluded from search results.

For CDE Web pages and documents, a description must:

For CDE Web pages and documents, a description should also:

Web Applications

HTML metadata page descriptions must be specified for main or login pages and for others if the page will be indexed by search engines. Use <meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow"> if the page is not a main or login page and should not be indexed.

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