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Guidelines for developing web sites
Please review these guidelines and outline your plan for the site (purpose of the site, target audience, proposed content). To address any questions about design requirements, please make an appointment with the Web Manager to discuss your plans. NOTE: The Public Information Office is currently developing a campus wide template that will be launched June 2012. ALL SITES will have to adopt this template branding.
Per college web standards (PDF), any web site created for a college department or employee (excluding faculty), should be reviewed by the Public Information Office before being published.
At South, your point of contact is the Web Manager. If you want to maintain your own site to represent South Seattle Community College, you will need to follow these guidelines.
All college supplemental sites must:
Any web site created for the college must adhere to the design standards that represent the branding of the college. To address any questions about design requirements, please make an appointment with the Web Manager to discuss your plans.
The SSCC logo bar linked to the main page of the SSCC site must appear on the top of every page. This page you are viewing now is actually a template itself and could be used to create your web pages although we are now moving to a newer version. Code for this component is available in this template for instance. All CSS, and XHTML in this page can be used and content/copy and navigation can be altered to represent your pages. You may not alter the colors or any of the template images themselves.
Each page should have a footer that includes Faculty & Staff Directory | Operating Hours | Site Search | Disclaimer | Privacy Notice | Equal Opportunity Statement of Accommodation
Emergency Closure Report | Contact Us, and the following disclaimer that has been appropriately completed:
You may require a printing stylesheet if your site is larger than 800 X 600. If your site will be larger than 800 X 600, web sites must be no wider than 960 pixels without horizontal scrolling and a style sheet for page printing. A site can be designed for optimal viewing, but must still work for viewing and printing purposes.
Use of Photos
Stock photos are strongly discouraged because of their cost and noticeable misrepresentation of the college campus and atmosphere.
If you use photos of identifiable people on your web site, you must use a Model Release (PDF). Once the form is completed, please give it to someone in the Public Information Office where the form will be retained. (Robert Smith Building, room 154, see map).
Accessibility for Users with Disabilities
Use of Plug-ins
If site requires plug-ins (like Flash) to view site content, an alternative must be provided for those who do not have the plug-in. Whenever possible, site visitors should be given the choice for viewing or not viewing the file. Sound or video should not automatically load for site visitors. Alternate text must be provided as stated in the W3C guidelines as a Priority 1.
Use of PDF Files
If you decide to use PDF files, please link to "PDF Help" page on the South site. Alternate text should be provided when inaccessible technologies (proprietary or not) must be used, equivalent accessible pages should be provided.
Use of Pop Up Windows
Are not not allowed. Please see the the Educause or W3C.org web site for more information on standards and accessibility. Open all pages in the same window and don't break the back button.
Contact information must be included in the footer on every page of the web site. I suggest creating a "contact us" page with appropriate information ( for example: names, address, office location, office hours, phone, fax, emails etc.) At the bottom of each page include a "contact us" link to this page. This system allows ease of maintenance.
I encourage you to use the tool at this web site to encode email prior to including on web pages www.wbwip.com/wbw/emailencoder.html. (Encoding is the process of turning letters and numbers into ASCII code. Ultimately, encoding email helps prevent additional SPAM. You can see an example of an encoded email address in the footer code of the template.)
You are strongly urged to limit required updates. The site owner will be responsible for site maintenance. Site owners are encouraged to use an HTML Template supplied by the PIO and attend a workshop offered through the SSCC Teaching and Learning Center. If you do not have the skills to use this template and the required software, you shouldn't be trying. Please leave it to the people who are already assigned to this task in the assigned departments until you learn your way around these skills and standards.
Identify who is responsible for the content of the site and who will maintain the site (if different). The Web Manager must have on file the name, email address and phone number of these individuals.
For a link from the official South Seattle Community College web site, you must have a site that represents an official program or service at South that cannot done on the official South Seattle Community College web site. A campus employee must contact the web manager regarding the web site.
If you have a deadline for the site's debut, make sure that you give the Web Manager at least 2 weeks to review the site and request changes. Deadlines will not exempt anyone from having to meet the design and maintenance requirements. If you have an important deadline that cannot be missed (the site is for a one-day event, and the site must be available prior to the event) make sure that you work with the Web Manager during the site construction process so the review can be ongoing and help avoid delays in the final link.
Any web site created for a college department can have free server space. Following are your options: