Grinnell College uses a content management system that separates three major elements of a web page: content, design, and navigation.
Automatic on every page
In order to create an effective web experience on the College site, certain web standards are required of every page. These standards include:
- The College logo, as a link to www.grinnell.edu
- A search function
- A clear indication of who maintains the page and the best way to contact him or her
- Quick Links menu with links to the major sections of the rest of the site
- Grinnell College elects to comply with web standards pertaining to disabilities, as enumerated in 508c.
Web page authors and maintainers have some degree of freedom in the way things appear on a page. These elements are not required, but please keep in mind:
- Use valid HTML.
- To validate your HTML, go to http://validator.w3.org/
- Use valid CSS.
- To validate your CSS, go to http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
- Create consistent internal navigation.
- Keep image size to 50 KB, with a width of 580 pixels.
- Images should have Alt-text in order to be supported by screen readers for people with disabilities.
- Each page should have a unique page title that clearly indicates what the page is about.
- Pages on the main College website (www.grinnell.edu) should follow the standards set up by the Web Group standards committee, available in the website help section: www.grinnell.edu/help