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January 2012 Web Standards Change Log

Log for all Web standards changes that were implemented in January 2012.

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Web Design Standards Changes

Section
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Old Standard New Standard
Web Documents
Section 2 All Web Documents Must:
  1. Include the following content somewhere within the document (the file properties, metadata, or header/footer (Word and Excel) does not suffice for this requirement):
    1. Specify that they are from the CDE unless the document is from an external entity. Documents from external entities should be linked to, instead of being housed on CDE Web servers (see above in Section 1). If an exception is made for a particular document, then the document content must indicate the source (e.g., the creator, the publisher, or the providing authority).
    2. Identify the content, such as an appropriate title. Include a description or instructions when necessary.
    3. Include the date of development or modification.
Section 2 All Web Documents Must:
  1. Include the following content somewhere within the document (the file properties, metadata, or header/footer (Word and Excel) does not suffice for this requirement):
    1. Specify that they are from the CDE unless the document is from an external entity. Documents from external entities should be linked to, instead of being housed on CDE Web servers (see above in Section 1). If an exception is made for a particular document, then the document content must indicate the source (e.g., the creator, the publisher, or the providing authority).
    2. Identify the content, such as an appropriate title. Include a description or instructions when necessary.
      1. If the content is a subsection of content that can be described with a title that encompasses all subsections, then the title for the whole must be included on each subsection.
    3. Include the date of development or modification.
Web Documents N/A
Section 2 All Web Documents Must:
  1. Adhere to the following concerning the type and version of the documents:
    1. Microsoft Word documents saved as Word 97-2003 Document with the .doc file extension.
    2. Microsoft Excel documents saved as Excel 97-2003 Workbook with the .xls file extension.
    3. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations saved as PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation with the .ppt file extension.
Miscellaneous N/A
Use of the CDE Web Page ID

Do not use the CDE internal Web Page ID as content on Web pages and documents. The CDE internal Web Page ID should never be used in published format.

Exceptions N/A
Advisory Commission on Charter Schools PDF Documents

Adobe PDF documents that are submitted to CDE by entities that are not compelled to produce fully accessible documents may be included on the CDE Internet Web site with some elements that are not fully accessible.

Application Development Standards

Section
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Old Standard New Standard
All Web Applications
Javascript Usage

The use of Javascript is allowed for client-side data validation and manipulation as long as the script is invoked as a result of a user action (i.e., button selection, dropdown selection, movement to another form field, etc.). The use of AJAX technology is prohibited for accessibility reasons.

Javascript Usage

The use of Javascript is allowed for client-side data validation and manipulation as long as the script is invoked as a result of a user action (i.e., button selection, dropdown selection, movement to another form field, etc.).

AJAX

AJAX elements can be included as long as there is an equivalent non-AJAX alternative that produces the same results or provides the same functionality.

External Web Page and Application Design Standards

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Old Standard New Standard
Required

N/A

Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) must be saved at 97-2003 version files and with the following standard file extensions (.doc, .xls, .ppt). Note that PowerPoint presentations are not fully accessible and always require a text equivalent alternative.

Required N/A The width of any Web page content, including data tables, must not extend beyond the left and right width of the page header and footer.

Minimum Web Browser Requirement

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Old Standard New Standard
Additional Information By default, the major Web browsers are configured to handle this requirement.

By default, the major Web browsers are configured to handle these requirements.

*Note, this change was made on 11/17/2011.

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