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Elements Particular to Web Applications

Important Notice
These standards apply to content posted prior to January 18, 2018 that has not been subsequently edited or updated. Visit the main CDE Web Standards for the current standards.

This page is part of the California Department of Education (CDE) Web Design Standards, which only applies to specific CDE Web sites. Visit the CDE Web Standards to determine if these standards apply to a specific Web product (Web site, Web page, Web document, or Web application) that has been developed by or for the CDE.

Most Web pages (not including Web applications) on all CDE Web sites are created using Adobe's Contribute software templates. WebNETS, which is a custom software application that was created by CDE staff, is also necessary in order to create and process most Web pages on the CDE's public Internet site. Portions of these standards, where noted, apply only to CDE users of Contribute or WebNETS software; or to Web application developers.

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When using form input controls (e.g., test fields, radio buttons, check boxes, etc.), the <label> tag must be used in all cases.

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.

Control Buttons

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.

When buttons are used in an application, Web form buttons (input type=button) are the standard. Image buttons may be used if required for functional reasons, but approval from the Web Services Office is required.

Text on buttons must be formatted as title case.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 8, 2020