Web Standards and Practices Guide

The college's Web Standards and Practices Guide is a joint project of the Office of Communications and Government Relations and the Office of Integrated Technologies. 

This guide is for everyone working with college and college-affiliated webpages, including vendors hired for Web-related projects.

You are encouraged, but not required to follow this guide if you are working on Web-based instructional materials, individual, or personal webpages.

Applying Standards and Practices

Note: Individual and personal webpages may not use college templates, designs, or the college wordmark (logo).

This guide covers many topics, ranging from writing style to specifications for code used in Web-based applications. Not all topics will apply to your specific Web project.

To help decide which topics are most relevant, click the heading most applicable to your project to view the suggested list.

Design Exception or College-affiliated Webpages (also applicable to vendors)

What if something within the standards is not appropriate for my site?

The college's Web standards are drawn from research-based, widely accepted best practices. However, there may be times a particular audience, content type or purpose requires something outside the standards. Personal preference or taste is not grounds for an exception. The site steward must provide justification for any exception.

If an exception is granted, OCGR and OIT will work with the site steward or their designee to develop a viable alternative on a case-by-case basis, within the scope of the college's financial, technical and personnel resources.