TAMIU Web Style Guide Steps Towards Better TAMIU Web Pages

CREATE

Templates provided by PAIS can make following these guidelines easier.

a) Easy viewing

  • Create pages no larger than 800x600 pixels.
  • Keep images, flash, animation and other “bells and whistles” to a minimum, and be sure to reduce image sizes, to insure fast download times. If you do use a design element requiring a plug-in or converter, be sure to have links to the download site on same page.
  • File names should be clear and short. Consider
    http://www.tamiu.edu/disted/office_distance_education_2.html
    or
    http://www.tamiu.edu/disted/
    Which would you like to have to read to someone looking for your homepage?
  • When naming files, be sure to avoid special characters, such as “&” and “%.” Files are case sensitive; so always use lowercase letters with no spaces.

b) Attention to detail

  • Proofread. Ensure all text is error-free, thus enhancing not only the professionalism of your site, but also that of the University.
  • Different browsers. Be sure to view your page in different browsers (at least two) to ensure the page works for all viewers. Browsers include:
    • Internet Explorer 5.0
    • Netscape 4.X or higher
    • Opera
    • Safari (Macintosh)
  • Title each page.
  • Make sure all links work.
  • Whenever possible, use e-mail links

c) Upkeep

Once a page is created, your relationship with it doesn’t end when you post it on the web. Outdated information and broken links are damaging to the reputation of your department or office and the University.

  • Update frequently. Set a regular schedule, such as once a semester, and check to make sure the names, faces and information are correct for each page. Depending upon your content and area of service, you may need to refresh your site on a more frequent basis.
  • Be sure to note the new update time on the page.
  • Make sure links work and e-mail addresses are current.
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