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March 2008 Web Standards Change Log

Log for all Web standards changes that were implemented in March 2008.

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Web Design Standards Changes

Section
(Heading)
Old Standard New Standard
Page Titles
(Web Applications)
N/A

<Add in new Web Applications section>
Metadata titles in Web applications must have the following format:

For the Internet

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

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

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

For the Intranet

Page name/function - Application name (CDE Intranet)

File Names
N/A
No material changes. Fixed so it validates to W3C standards.
Layout and Formatting (Appropriate Use of Templates for the Internet)
N/A

<Add to table>

CurrCommission

With the following description:

Curriculum Commission letterhead.

Layout and Formatting (Appropriate Use of Templates for the Internet)
N/A

<Add to table>

Letterhead-SBEonly

With the following description:

State Board of Education letterhead.

Color
(Alerts)
N/A

<Add as last paragraph>
The red that is used for alerts must be the standard color red (#FF0000). Below is an image of the text color selector in Contribute:

Screen capture of the text color selector mini-window in Contribute with the color red selected.

Hyperlinks
N/A
Fixed so it validates to W3C standards and fixed newly broken links to the Web Design Standards Link Notations section.
Hyperlinks
(Link Formatting)
N/A
<Add as last paragraph to section>
Links to Diagnostic Center and State Special School Web sites must be set to open in a new window, but do not have a location notation such as "Outside Source" or "CDE Internet".
Hyperlinks
(Links to E-mail)
N/A
<Add>
E -mail hyperlinks that point to invalid e-mail addresses must be replaced with valid e-mail addresses. However, sometimes a previously linked e-mail address must be maintained for historical or archival purposes. Removal altogether or replacement of an old e-mail address is always the first choice, but when an old e-mail address must be kept, the old e-mail address must be unlinked, formatted with the strikeout style (x), and must be accompanied by a statement in a standard format that provides additional information. Listed below are the standard formats for the required statements and an example of each.
  1. "Note, the preceding e-mail address is no longer valid."

    Contact Joe Schmoe at jschmoe@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding e-mail address is no longer valid.]
  2. "Note, the preceding e-mail address is no longer valid and has been replaced by <enter e-mail address here>"

    Contact Joe Schmoe at jschmoe@cde.ca.gov [Note, the preceding e-mail address is no longer valid and has been replaced by jdoe@cde.ca.gov.]

The link destination of an e-mail address must always be the same as the link text for that e-mail address. For example, the link below appears to be for Joe Schmoe, but really points to Jane Doe:

jschmoe@cde.ca.gov

Hyperlinks
(Links to Web Pages and Documents)

Links in Web documents that are not to e-mail addresses must use URLs for link text. Links in Web pages (including Web application pages) must use descriptive link text that matches the title of the destination page or document title. Using a URL as link text is not allowed in Web pages except for pages that utilize the the Department's Contribute letterhead or memorandum templates. See the Layout and Formatting section of these Design Standards for additional information on Contribute templates and see the CDE Correspondence Guide (CDE Intranet) for more information about adding hyperlinks to Web pages that use the letterhead and memorandum Contribute Templates.

URLs may not be included in letterhead or memorandum Web pages or Web documents as unlinked (non-active) URLs.

Links in Web documents that are not to e-mail addresses must use URLs for link text. Links in Web pages (including Web application pages) must use descriptive link text that matches the title of the destination page or document title. Using a URL as link text is not allowed in Web pages except for pages that are considered correspondence.

For these purposes, correspondence is defined as Web pages that utilize the Department's Contribute letterhead, news release, or memorandum templates; or Web pages that are used for management bulletins and advisories.

See the Layout and Formatting section of these Design Standards for additional information on Contribute templates and see the CDE Correspondence Guide (CDE Intranet) for more information about adding hyperlinks to Web pages that use the letterhead and memorandum Contribute Templates.

URLs may not be included in letterhead or memorandum Web pages or Web documents as unlinked (non-active) URLs.

Hyperlinks
(Links to Web Pages and Documents)
<Remove typo at the bottom of the third paragraph>
"Removal or"
N/A
Link Notations
(Hyperlinks on a CDE Internet Web Page)

Captivate file name (Flash; 755KB)

Captivate file name (Flash)
Link Notations
(Hyperlinks on a CDE Intranet Web Page)

Flash file name (Flash; 755KB)

Flash file name (Flash)
Images

<Remove>
Background images will not be used except for the CDE home page or the CDE Intranet home page.

N/A
Images
N/A
<Add under new All Web Applications heading >
Background images may be used in place of standard images with alternative text as long as text that is descriptive and equivalent is included in the body of the page or is available when cascading style sheets are disabled.
Web Documents
(Web Documents that Can be Used table)

Documents that are fifteen (15) pages or more in length in their native format.

Documents that are fifteen (15) pages or more in length in their native format. PowerPoint presentations of any length are not considered documents with "pages". This clause does not apply to PowerPoint.

Web Documents (All Web Documents Must)
N/A

<Add as sixth bullet to the PDF list>
Organized so they read in the proper order.

Web Document Metadata
N/A
No material changes. Fixed so it validates to W3C standards.
Elements Particular to Web Applications
N/A
<Add under new Logon and Logoff>
Logon must be used instead of Login, Log-in, Log-in, etc. Likewise, Logoff is the standard term that must be used instead of log off, log-off, etc.
Elements Particular to Web Applications (Control Buttons)

N/A

<Add as third paragraph>
Text on buttons must be formatted as title case.

Exceptions
N/A

<Add as fifth exception>

Historical Documents

Pages linked from the Historical Documents section of the site are not required to comply with the portion of the Web Documents section of the CDE Web Design Standards that defines when certain Web documents may be used. While the CDE Accessibility Standards must be followed, pages linked from this section of the site may be deployed using Word, Adobe PDF, or Web pages; and in any combination. Accessible Alternative Versions are recommended but not required if any version of a document is accessible.

Exceptions
N/A

<Add as sixth exception>

Multilingual Documents

Web documents that are primarily written in a language other than English and are included in the Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents (CMD) are exempt from the requirement to follow the CDE Style Manual or the CDE Correspondence Guide. Both the CDE Style Manual and the CDE Correspondence Guide should be followed for non-English CMD items whenever possible or practical. While Arial 12 pt. font is strongly recommended whenever possible, neither the font style (Arial), nor the size (12 pt.) are required.

Web Application Security Standards

Section
(Heading)
Old Standard New Standard
Web Application Security Standards
N/A
<Add as first paragraph>
Visit the CDE Web Standards to determine if these standards apply to a specific Web product that is being developed and to determine which other standards might apply.
Web Application Security Standards
N/A

<Add>
New Password Requirements heading with the following:

Passwords whether created by application developers, administrators, or users must meet or be required through validation to meet all of the following parameters. Passwords must:

  • Be at least eight characters in length
  • Contain at least one uppercase letter
  • Contain at least one lowercase letter
  • Contain at least one of the following non-alphanumeric characters:
    • !
    • @
    • #
    • $
    • ^
    • &
    • *
    • -
    • =
    • _
    • +
    • ?
  • Not be the same as the logon or user name.

External Web Page and Application Design Standards

Section
(Heading)
Old Standard New Standard
External Web Page and Application Design Standards
N/A

<Add as second paragraph>
Visit the CDE Web Standards to determine if these standards apply to a specific Web product that is being developed and to determine which other standards might apply.

External Web Page and Application Design Standards (Accessibility)
N/A

<Add under Required>
Background images may be used in place of standard images with alternative text as long as text that is descriptive and equivalent is included in the body of the page or is available when cascading style sheets are disabled.

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