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Recommended HTML and Publishing Standards

June 11th, 2007 by tamuwebmaster

Web Standards

Developers are encouraged to create standards-compliant HTML/XHTML Web sites and applications. You can determine if your site/application is compliant with W3C standards using their CSS Validator and their HTML Validation Service.

Develop for Multiple Environments

Web publishers and developers are responsible for testing their sites in each of the supported browsers on the available platforms. Implementing browser-specific features that do not degrade gracefully in any of the preferred standards-compliant browser versions is explicitly disallowed by state and university policies.

For those that have a target audience that is different from the University community, determine what the browser usage is for that audience and make browser decisions based on that data. Developers should test their content/applications in the browser that their target audience uses.

Accessibility

The University’s accessibility policy requires all Web sites containing official University information meet Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 206 Subchapter C and U.S. Section 508 accessibility standards. Developers can use the free WebXACT tool (formerly Bobby) from Watchfire and are encouraged to test pages using JAWS or another screen-to-speech synthesizer to ensure accessibility to those who are vision impaired.

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