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Procedure 1A.12/11 Web Page Style Guide


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Text and Graphics for Web Page Layers 1-2.

  • Official ARCC banners should be used.
  • Font style should be Times New Roman or Arial, Regular, 12-point.
  • Font color should be black.
  • Headings should be black and Heading 3.
  • The use of bold, italics, CAPITAL LETTERS (reserved for proper names or acronyms), underlining (reserved for hyperlinks), special fonts and/or colors should be used sparingly.
  • Clip art should be used sparingly.
  • Select small graphics or photographs or make sure larger graphics or photographs are optimized (compressed, cleaned up, etc.) for best results.

Consider the following MnSCU Web Accessibility Guidelines:

  • Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for formatting whenever possible.
  • Avoid using images to display text.
  • Avoid using absolute sizes for fonts.
  • Identify acronyms and abbreviations.
  • Do not convey information with color alone.
  • Use contrasting foreground and background colors.
  • Provide alternative text for all images.
  • Provide full descriptions for graphs, diagrams, and other meaningful images.
  • Use appropriate alternate text or style sheets for graphical bullets.
  • Do not convey information with sound alone.
  • Provide text transcripts for audio containing speech.
  • Provide accessible HTML or text versions of downloadable documents whenever possible.
  • If a downloadable document cannot be provided in an accessible electronic format, provide information on how to request an alternate format.
  • Notify users of actions that will open a new window.
  • Minimize the need for horizontal scrolling.
  • Use consistent design and layout for related documents.
  • Provide contact information.
  • Test for accessibility.
  • See more of the MnSCU Web Accessibility Guidelines at http://www.its.mnscu.edu/webmaster/access/guidelines/

For Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) policies and procedures, go to http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/index.html