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November 2012 Web Standards Change Log

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

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Web Design Standards Changes

Section
(Heading)
Old Standard New Standard
Hyperlinks
N/A
* Technical fix:

Three links needed to be changed so they would open in a new window. This was done on July 17, 2012

Hyperlinks
(Use of URL Shorteners)

N/A
Use of URL Shorteners

URL shorteners are not to be used on CDE Web sites. However, URL shorteners may be used in social media posts when necessary and can be used on CDE Web sites only when a social media post is being repeated.

Hyperlinks
(Links to Web Pages and Documents)

N/A
Links within Web pages and documents must adhere to the standards above and must never mix hyperlink styles (i.e., some hyperlinked URL links and some hyperlinked descriptive text links. The only exception is for CDE correspondence, that use hyperlinked URLs. Web pages that are considered CDE correspondence may use hyperlinked descriptive text for links to "Enclosure(s)" and "Attachment(s)" only. If descriptive text is used for "Enclosure(s)" or "Attachment(s)", the URL must be added with the printurl style in Contribute.

Link Notations
(Hyperlinked URLs vs. Hyperlinked Descriptive Text)

When descriptive text is hyperlinked and it is an external link, the location is not always evident, so the External Link icon ( External link opens in new window or tab.) must be appended immediately behind the link. For example:

When descriptive text is hyperlinked and it is an external link, the location is not always evident, so the External Link icon ( External link opens in new window or tab.) must be appended immediately behind the link. For example:

Link Notations
(Document Information)

The document type is never indicated for links to Web pages, but is reserved for all other Web documents and files whether the link is internal or external. The document type is never indicated for links to Web pages, but is required for all other Web documents and files whether the link is internal or external.

Link Notations
(Date Information)

* Example used "May"

One and only one of the above modifying terms must be used if date information is to be included as part of a link notation. The modifying term and only the modifying term may be changed to the color red, to bold, or to both the color red and bold. For example:

The modifying term "New" may only be used for 60 days. If the 60-day limitation presents problems, consider adding content that explains the recentness of the link in the link description instead of using "New" as a modifying term in the link notation. Contribute users must set the WebNETS review date for any Web page or Web document that includes "New" to be no more than 60 days from the action date. The following is an example of an alternative for new:

May 2012 Elementary Education (Posted 05-May-2012)

* Example uses "Jul"

One and only one of the above modifying terms must be used if date information is to be included as part of a link notation. The modifying term and only the modifying term may be changed to the color red, to bold, or to both the color red and bold. For example:

The modifying term "New" may only be used for 60 days. If the 60-day limitation presents problems, consider adding content that explains the recentness of the link in the link description instead of using "New" as a modifying term in the link notation. Contribute users must set the WebNETS review date for any Web page or Web document that includes "New" to be no more than 60 days from the action date. The following is an example of an alternative for new:

July 2012 Elementary Education (Posted 05-Jul-2012)

Exceptions
(Management Bulletins, Information Alerts, and General Information Sheets)

Layout tables may be used on the CDE Internet for the layout of the top "header" portion of Management Bulletins, Nutrition Services Division Information Alerts, and Nutrition Services Division General Information Sheets.

Management Bulletins, Information Alerts, and General Information Sheets

Layout tables may be used on the CDE Internet for the layout of the top "header" portion of Management Bulletins, Nutrition Services Division Information Alerts, and Nutrition Services Division General Information Sheets. Management Bulletins have a specific format and are primarily issued by CDE's Adult Education Office, Child Development Division, and Nutrition Services Division.

Exceptions
(News Releases)

N/A
News Releases

Most Web pages and documents must adhere to the CDE Style Manual as the CDE's Web writing standard. Certain Web pages and documents instead follow the CDE Correspondence Guide instead. News releases are unique in that they follow the Associated Press Stylebook External link opens in new window or tab.

Exceptions
(Rulemaking Documents from the Legal Division)
N/A
Rulemaking Documents from the Legal Division

Documents from the Legal Division that are considered rulemaking documents are posted to CDE Web sites as Word documents without regard to their page length. These rulemaking documents include statements of reasons, notices, and regulations.

Additionally, rulemaking documents may use formatting that would not otherwise be allowed in order to conform to requirements from California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL). Such formatting may include a variety of combinations of the following:

  • Underline
  • Strikethrough
  • Bold underline
  • Bold strikethrough
  • Double underline
  • Double strikethrough
  • Italic underline
  • Italic strikethrough
  • Shaded underline
  • Shaded strikethrough
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