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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, the word, “title” has two different meanings and definitions.

With few exceptions, all CDE Web pages and documents require both visible titles and metadata titles. Note that in actual practice it is very common that both titles use the same words and even when the visible title and the metadata title are not exactly the same, they are almost always very similar.

For CDE Web pages and documents, the visible and metadata page titles must:

Appended Metadata Title Content

The design of the CDE Internet and Intranet Web sites allows for adding additional content after the Web page or document metadata title. This provides additional information in a very standard way. The appended content either includes the location on the site where the page or document is housed or for Web applications, it provides additional information about the Web application. In all cases, it also provides attribution to the CDE.

For the main CDE Web site, additional metadata title content is appended to Web pages automatically, but for Web documents, it must be added manually to the document properties and into WebNETS. For Web applications, additional metadata title content must be added manually in all cases.

Appended metadata title content varies between Internet and Intranet, and also between Web pages and documents, and Web applications. The standard formats for appended metadata title content are:

Appended Content Order

Internet Web Page or Document

Intranet Web Page or Document

Internet Web Application

Internet Web Application on
(optional on WWW) *

Intranet Web Application

1

Unique page title

Unique page title

Page name/function

Application name/function

Page name/function

2

Space

Space

Space

Space

Space

3

Hyphen

Hyphen

Hyphen

Hyphen

Hyphen

4

Space

Space

Space

Space

Space

5

Sub-sub-topic
(sub-topic, or topic in some cases)

Sub-topic
(or sub-sub-topic in some cases)

Application name

Sub-sub-topic
(sub-topic, or topic in some circumstances)

Application name

6

Space

Space

Space

Space

Space

7

(CA Dept of Education)

(CDE Intranet)

(CA Dept of Education)

(CA Dept of Education)

(CDE Intranet)

* Applications that are posted to the WWW server only, may optionally adopt the metadata title format that is typical for Web pages on the CDE Web site:

Examples

A metadata page or document title for the Internet looks like this:

Correspondence - Accounting (CA Dept of Education)

A metadata page or document title for the Intranet looks like this (using the sub-topic option):

Web Application Review Team (WebART) - Web Services (CDE Intranet)

A metadata page title for an Internet Web application looks like this:

Page name/function - Application name (CA Dept of Education)

A metadata page title for an Internet Web application on the WWW server using the sub-topic option looks like this:

Application name/function - Sub-sub-topic (CA Dept of Education)

A metadata page title for an Intranet Web application looks like this:

Page name/function - Application name (CDE Intranet)

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