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December 2007 Web Standards Change Log

Log for all Web standards changes that were implemented in December 2007.

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Design Standards Changes

Section
(Heading)
Old Standard New Standard
Headings
(Web Applications)
<Remove>
For Web applications only, the top page title can utilize a heading tag that is different from the <h1> tag.
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Headings
(Web Applications)
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<Add>
The <h2> tag should be used below the <h1> tag for page name (or functionality) sub-titiles on each page within a particular Web application.

Headings
(Web Applications)
The other heading tags, <h2> through <h6>, should be used liberally throughout pages created for both the Internet and the Intranet. The other heading tags, <h3> through <h6>, should be used liberally throughout pages created for both the Internet and the Intranet.
Hyperlinks
(Contribute Users
- Print URL Style)
Use of the "printurl" style is an option that can be applied to any descriptive link text. The printurl style that is available in Contribute will append the URL immediately after the descriptive link text whenever a Web that uses this style is printed.

The Print URL Style (printurlstyle) may only be used to augment descriptive link text in order to add a URL that is only visible whenever the Web page is printed. Descriptive link text is followed by all of the following: space ( ), left bracket ([), unlinked URL (http://xxx.xxx.xxx), and right bracket (]). For example:

California Department of Education [http://www.cde.ca.gov]

The Print URL Style must then be applied beginning with the space following the descriptive link text through the ending right bracket. Use of the Print URL Style will hide the added URL except when the Web page is printed. Use of the Print URL Style is only allowed in Web pages where descriptive link text is allowed or required.

Web Document Metadata
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<Add in two places> Title, subject, and keywords are required, author is optional.
Elements Particular to Web Applications (Control Buttons)
N/A
<Add>
Control buttons must be used instead of hyperlinks when the selection produces functionality such as: reset, submit, cancel, etc. Hyperlinks must be used for navigation that does not include functionality such as: menu, add user (page), modify LEA (page), etc. Logon and logoff can be created using either control buttons or hyperlinks, but consistent use throughout a particular Web application is required.

CMD Parental Notification Documents

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<Add at end of third paragraph>
Also, in some cases, the standards will vary slightly between those for translated documents provided by the CMD and documents translated by other individuals or contractors.  These variations are noted in the standards where they apply.
CMD Parental Notification Documents (Required Document Header section)
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<Add just prior to last paragraph in the Required Document Header section>
Documents that were not provided by the CMD will use the year of development in place of the Translation Log Number.  For example, instead of T07-052 in the above example, the third line of the header might be:

2007, Spanish, Arial font

CMD Parental Notification Documents (Disclaimer and Contact Notice section)
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<Add as last paragraph in the Disclaimer and Contact Notice section >
Translated parental notification templates not provided by the CMD do not require the Disclaimer and Contact Notice section.  However, in order to meet the standard that all Web documents be “identified as a CDE document,” the document must be identified as coming from the CDE elsewhere on the document.
Web Page Link Notations

Entire section removed. Please e-mail tsdweb@cde.ca.gov to request a copy of this deleted section of the Design Standards.

Replaced with the new Link Notations section, which was re-written and consolodates the Web Page Link Notations and the Web Document Link Notations sections.
Web Document Link Notations Entire section removed. Please e-mail tsdweb@cde.ca.gov to request a copy of this deleted section of the Design Standards. Replaced with the new Link Notations section, which was re-written and consolodates the Web Page Link Notations and the Web Document Link Notations sections.
Link Notations Re-written and consolodates the Web Page Link Notations and the Web Document Link Notations sections, which were removed from the Design Standards.
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Web Design Standards

The Web Design Standards sections were enumerated the following way:

  1. Page Titles
  2. Keywords
  3. Page Descriptions
  4. File Names
  5. Text Styles
  6. Headings
  7. Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar
  8. Layout and Formatting
  9. Color
  10. Tables
  11. Hyperlinks
  12. Web Page Link Notations
  13. Images
  14. Special Characters
  15. Web Documents
  16. Web Document Link Notations
  17. Web Document Metadata
  18. Accessible Alternative Versions
  19. Questions Line
  20. State Board Web Pages and Documents
  21. Miscellaneous
  22. Elements Particular to Web Applications
  23. CMD Parental Notification Documents
  24. Division Content Areas (Intranet)
  25. Exceptions

The Web Design Standards sections are now enumerated the following way:

  1. Page Titles
  2. Keywords
  3. Page Descriptions
  4. File Names
  5. Text Styles
  6. Headings
  7. Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar
  8. Layout and Formatting
  9. Color
  10. Tables
  11. Hyperlinks
  12. Link Notations
  13. Images
  14. Special Characters
  15. Web Documents
  16. Web Document Metadata
  17. Accessible Alternative Versions
  18. Questions Line
  19. State Board Web Pages and Documents
  20. Miscellaneous
  21. Elements Particular to Web Applications
  22. CMD Parental Notification Documents
  23. Division Content Areas (Intranet)
  24. Exceptions
Web Design Standards (Changes to These Web Standards)
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<Added>
Our understanding of accessibility and usability will grow and technology will continue to evolve, so the CDE Web standards will also change from time to time. Please visit the Web Standards Change Log for a complete list of changes that have been made since these standards were first posted to the CDE Web site.
Web Standards Change Log

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<Added>
Main page for the Web Standards Change Log added.
December 2007 Web Standards Change Log
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<Added>
This Web page.
Questions:   Web Services Office | tsdweb@cde.ca.gov
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