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Web Content Approval (March 1, 2010)

Old Standard New Standard
Department of Education Administrative Manual Section 3800, Print and Online Publishing

Department of Education Administrative Manual Section 3900, Web Content Approval
(PDF; 68KB; 11pp.)

Web Design Standards Changes

Section
(Heading)
Old Standard New Standard
Layout and Formatting
Web Applications
N/A

Tabs

Tabs can be used, but should conform to the tab example in the following ways. They may only be used below a standard heading, standard breadcrumbs (if any), and the standard <h1> (application title) and <h2> (page title) headings. Tabs must also be in a single row, contained within the width of the page header/footer and the content div, and they should conform to the shadow, light, and dark color usage of the example.

Tables
Web Applications
N/A

Command Links

Command links, such as "edit", "delete", and "details" that appear in a data table row must be placed to the right of a column or columns that contain unique row identifying information. In most cases, the CDE best practice is to use the right-most column(s) in a data table row for command links and either place the links in a single column with an appropriate identifying column header label, such as "Action", or place them in individual columns with column heading names that match the link text except with the inclusion of a question mark (e.g., "Edit?", "Delete?", or "Details?").

Web Documents
Section 2 All Web Documents Must
4. Include the following content somewhere within the document (the file properties or metadata does not suffice for this requirement): 4. Include the following content somewhere within the document (the file properties, metadata, or header/footer (Word and Excel) does not suffice for this requirement):
Web Documents
Section 2 All Web Documents Must
5. Be formatted using standard font sizes, styles, and colors: 5. If developed by CDE staff or where CDE is considered the author, be formatted using standard font sizes, styles, and colors:
Web Documents
Section 2 All Web Documents Must
N/A

6. If developed by non-CDE staff and attributable to another organization:

  1. Common legible fonts must be used.
  2. Font size should be reasonably large.
  3. The difference between background color and foreground color (font color) must be considered accessible following the guidelines of the W3C.
Web Documents
Section 2 All Web Documents Must
6. In addition, PDF documents must be:
  1. Optimized (fast Web view).
  2. Tagged for accessibility.
  3. Created with bookmarks if the document is a multi-page document with sections or is more than 15 pages in length.
  4. Available in the format of the original authoring tool and kept in a location where multiple staff can access the file (e.g., a shared drive).
  5. PDF documents that have been scanned rather than converted from an electronic document must either have an Accessible Alternative Version (AAV) or utilize Adobe Acrobat's OCR feature. If the OCR feature is used, the Downsample Image Mode must either be "Formatted Text and Graphics" or "Searchable Image (Exact)". In either mode, all text from the scanned original must be available as selectable text, be setup to read in the correct order, and be free of OCR errors.
  6. Organized so they read in the proper order.
7. In addition, PDF documents must be:
  1. Optimized (fast Web view).
  2. Tagged for accessibility.
  3. Created with bookmarks if the document is a multi-page document with sections or is more than 15 pages in length.
  4. PDF documents that have been scanned rather than converted from an electronic document must either have an Accessible Alternative Version (AAV) or utilize Adobe Acrobat's OCR feature. If the OCR feature is used, the Downsample Image Mode must either be "Formatted Text and Graphics" or "Searchable Image (Exact)". In either mode, all text from the scanned original must be available as selectable text, be setup to read in the correct order, and be free of OCR errors.
  5. Organized so they read in the proper order.
  6. If developed by CDE staff or where CDE is considered the author, the PDF content must be available in the format of the original authoring tool (Word, Publisher, etc.) and kept in a location where multiple staff can access the file (e.g., a shared drive).
Web Documents
Section 2 All Web Documents Must
7. In addition, Word documents must be: 8. In addition, Word documents must be:
Web Documents
Section 2 All Web Documents Must
8. Adhere to the following guidelines for graphics:
  1. Use the CDE approved logos when appropriate. Other logos are not generally allowed. Images and logos must be approved during the appropriate approval process for the Internet (DEAM 3800) and Intranet (Intranet Content Approval Standards) Web sites.
9. Adhere to the following guidelines for official graphics:
  1. Use the CDE approved seal and logos when appropriate. Other seals and logos are not generally allowed. Use of the CDE seal or logos must be approved during the appropriate approval process for the Internet (DEAM 3900) and Intranet (Intranet Content Approval Standards) Web sites.
Exceptions

N/A

Embedded Captivate Presentations

Web pages developed using Contribute software for the CDE Internet and CDE Intranet Web sites are not required to pass HTML code validation for errors that are generated due to the way that Contribute embeds the Captivate SWF file into Web pages.

Other Pages Related to Web Standards

Section
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Main Web Standards Page

Replaced all links to DEAM Section 3800...

...with links to DEAM Section 3900

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