SF State Web Template Guidelines { University Communications }

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Introduction

Powerful. Accessible. Maintainable. The SF State Web Template Program offers developers templates, tools and resources for creating and updating University Web sites toward the goal of greater consistency, better branding and increased user satisfaction.

Project Purpose and Scope

Because the University does not currently support a centralized Web development unit or content management system, the program offers page templates for creating or updating SF State sites in a variety of hosting and publishing environments. The template program:

  • Locks in required branding and global navigation elements
  • Provides an overall look and feel with a variety of schemes for site-specific identity and navigation
  • Offers flexibility for different types, amounts, and depths of content
  • Uses accessible, standards-based markup and code along with the application of best practices for usability
  • Separates presentation and content using XHTML and CSS to allow for global modifications to presentation and style without altering content
  • Ensures extensibility -- the provision for future change while minimizing impact to existing systems
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