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Preparing Documents for CDE Web Sites

The California Department of Education (CDE) has Web standards for all content posted on CDE Web sites.  One of the reasons for the standards is to ensure Web content meets state and federal laws with respect to making Web content accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.

At times, the CDE receives documents from organizations (e.g., schools, school districts, county offices of education, foundations, private companies, etc.) that need to be posted on CDE Web sites. The CDE is able to post documents from organizations in a more efficient manner if the following guidelines are met:

Here is a good example of a table with one row for a header. This type of table is very accessible for those using screen readers. CDE prefers this type of table:


School Year Started School Year Ended Number of Elementary Schools Number of Secondary Schools
2006 2010 5 3

Here is an example of a table with two header rows. Multiple header rows make navigation and comprehension difficult for those using screen readers. CDE tries to avoid using this type of table:

School Year Started & Ended Number by School Type
Started Ended Elementary Secondary
2006 2010 5 3
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