Web Style Guide Steps
Towards Better TAMIU Web Pages
provided by PAIS can make following these guidelines easier.
a) Easy viewing
pages no larger than 800x600 pixels.
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
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
Ensure all text is error-free, thus enhancing not only the professionalism
of your site, but also that of the University.
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
- Safari (Macintosh)
- Make sure
all links work.
possible, use e-mail links
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 Outdated information and broken links are damaging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.
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.