Web Page Specifications
This document provides Web designers at Seminole State College with specifications to assist them in the creative task of developing Web pages. Web page design and implementation has become a part of many employees' job descriptions. With these specifications, we aspire to create a Web space that presents Seminole State information in an informative, consistent and easy-to-navigate manner. In no way are these specifications meant to limit the creative freedom of our faculty, staff or students.
|1.1||Seminole State College retains all rights to its name and registered marks.|
|1.2||Use of Seminole State's registered marks are governed by the College's logo specifications, which are available on the College Relations and Marketing Department's website.|
|1.3||With the permission of the rights holder, the registered marks of donors, sponsors, organizations, training partners or employers with relationships to Seminole State College may be used on Seminole State pages.|
|1.4||Copyright laws apply to electronic publishing/posting as well as to print publishing. Many materials that may be used freely in the classroom or as handouts are prohibited for use on the Internet. Be sure you have permission to publish information before putting it on the Web. (A copyrighted work is any original work of authorship fixed in a tangible form of expression.)|
Taking on the Role of Information Provider
|2.1||When posting information about the College, be sure to keep all information current.|
|2.2||When creating a link from your page to another page, be sure to maintain the links. Do not allow them to become or stay broken.|
|2.3||Make every effort to link to existing information; do not duplicate it on your website. Information pertaining to the Seminole State College Catalog (programs, courses, etc.) should link directly to the online Catalog.|
An official page is defined as any page containing Seminole State College information that is externally accessible to the general public. It is the responsibility of the author or maintainer of the Web page to ensure that the page complies with the specifications set for official pages.
|3.1||Each Web page shall contain an identifier that clearly states that it is an official Seminole State page. The Seminole State logo should be included on every page and should link back to the Seminole State home page. The department/course should also be listed so that visitors know where they are at all times. Remember, visitors may reach your page from a search engine or by typing in the URL. They do not have to access your page through the Seminole State website.|
|3.2||Each page must include navigational links that let the user, if applicable, go back, return to the department's main page or go to the Seminole State home page. Though these required links may seem unnecessary, they are actually quite important. If a user happens onto your page through a search engine or by typing in the URL directly, the browser's "Back" function will be useless for retracing the origin of the site's links.|
|3.3||The use of framesets are not allowed. They are hard to bookmark, search engines have problems indexing them, and they are difficult for users to print.|
|3.4||A footer containing the following information is required on each page:|
|3.5||To ensure a strong and consistent marketing presence and encourage user functionality and usability, all Seminole State College pages will be based on templates provided via the Content Management System (CMS). These templates and their respective colors and images are determined by the College Relations and Marketing Department and Seminole State WebSupport.|
|3.6||To ensure that your pages can be viewed by users with disabilities and/or special needs, you must include image "alt" attributes on all pages.|
|3.7||Every page must have a title tag in the following format:|
These titles are created automatically based on directory structure by the CMS.
The page title must be unique, descriptive and accurate. It should contain keywords that reflect the page content, and it should be easy to read. Only the first 65 characters of the title will show in a search listing. Page titles on the Seminole State site should not include "Seminole State College" since it is automatically appended to the end of each title.
Every page must have meta tags for keywords and description.
The meta description data must be between 25 and 150 characters long, human readable, actionable and rich in keywords.
|3.9||All pages must be free of spelling and grammatical errors and should conform to the Seminole State Style Guide.|
|3.10||Pages may not contain GIF animations or blinking tags. (They will be removed immediately by WebSupport.) Authors should make every effort to keep image sizes small so that download times are kept to a minimum.|
|3.11||Any pages containing links to outside websites should include the following disclaimer:|
"This site contains links to other Internet sites. These links are not endorsements of any products or services in such sites, and no information in such site has been endorsed or approved by this site."
|3.12||Seminole State College must not be placed in a position of endorsing or "selling" any private enterprise, goods or services. Logos, links, trademarks and advertising for private corporations not officially affiliated with the College are not permitted.|
Acceptable use of logos and/or links to private corporations includes the following:
|3.13||All Web pages must adhere to the College's Technical Specifications.|
Departmental Page Specifications
|4.1||Each departmental page must meet all Official Page Specifications.|
|4.2||The name of the department, program or course must appear at the top of the page.|
|4.3||An introduction or description of the department must appear on the main page.|
|4.4||A page listing names and contact information for faculty, staff and administrators must be available from the main page.|
|4.5||A course page describing in detail the current courses offered should be available from the departmental page. At a minimum, there must be a link to the official course calendar available via the Registrar's pages.|
|4.6||The following validity statement should appear at the bottom of each departmental home page:|
"Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the content contained on this site. However, we encourage you to contact the College or specific department to verify that the information you have is current."
Templates, Graphics and Video
|7.1||Templates will be designed and implemented via the Seminole State CMS. Any requests for template modifications must be submitted through a WebSupport request the service request system.|
|7.2||All graphics must be approved by Publications and WebSupport according to Seminole State College standards.|
|7.3||All video must conform to Seminole State College standards and be approved by Publications and WebSupport before it can be put into production. Video should be submitted in .mp4. Any videos containing the spoken work must be closed captioned.|
Help with Pages
|8.1||CTS WebSupport is available to assist in the creation and maintenance of Web pages.|
|8.2||All requests for page updates or site modifications should be made via a WebSupport Request in the service request system.|