web style guide - Communications and Public Affairs

web style guide - Communications and Public Affairs
WEB STYLE GUIDE
Standards and Resources for Creating Western’s Web Experience
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November 2012
CONTENTS
Cascade CMS3
Page Design and Layouts4-9
Layout 1: Homepage4
Layout 2: Lower-level page with left navigation6
Layout 3. Lower-level page with a right sidebar7
Layout 4. Lower-level single column page8
Layout 5. Lower-level single column page9
Consistent Page Elements10-13
Header10
Column Layouts27-28
2-Column Layout27
3-Column Layout28
Styling Lists29
Title Bars30
Boxes31-32
Blue Box31
Callout Box32
Main Body11
Tables33-34
Footer13
Tables With Borders33
Typography14-15
Tables Without Borders34
Using Heading Tags15
Forms35-37
Web Logos16
Javascript Modules38-41
Web Banners17
Colors18
Graphic Elements19-26
Image Size Guidelines19-20
Dynamic Slideshow21
Static Images22
Banner Image23
Image Classes24
Single Image Carousel38
Triple Image Carousel39
Random Info Box40
Accordion41
Twitter Feed42
Writing for the Web43
Naming Conventions44-48
Web Standards Summary49
Image with Captions25
Social Media Icons26
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CASCADE CMS
Online Resources
The goal of the Western Communications office is to bring the campus’ web presence to a unified, intuitive,
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easy to use look and feel. We strongly encourage the campus community (both academic and administrative
An ITS website on all things Cascade-related
units alike) to use Cascade content management system (CMS) as a platform for their websites. There are
several reasons for supporting this recommendation:
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http://www.uwo.ca/its/cms/index.html
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Login to Cascade CMS
No-cost setup, training, and maintenance
Cascade is the web platform of choice for Western. Information Technology Services (ITS) is fully committed
https://cms.uwo.ca
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to supporting the CMS. ITS offers technical support for the initial setup and a training class for the units’
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Cascade "How do I ... ?"
representatives involved in creating and maintaining websites and their content.
http://www.uwo.ca/its/doc/hdi/wcms
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Flexible design templates that are standards compliant
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Hannon Hill
Communications’ and Public Affairs developed the web templates to be compliant with current accessibility
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standards and are cross-browser compatible (IE 7+). They come complete with secondary pages, a global
navigation structure, and a lower-level navigation scheme. The units will need to develop the general layout,
label the navigation items, and generate content to populate these templates.
Ease of access
You will be able to access your website by logging in from anywhere. There is no software to download and
no client-side installation.
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Consistent Western look and feel
Throughout the guide, key elements are marked
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While the units have freedom in shaping the look of their websites, the University has certain web and
graphic standards to which the units’ websites need to adhere. Adopting Cascade templates guarantees that
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using the following icons for ease of navigation:
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most, if not all, of these standards will be followed.
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Ease of Use
Cascade allows many non-technical users to update content and create webpages quickly, with no
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knowledge of HTML or programming. This significantly reduces the time, effort, and resources the unit
would normally spend on training its personnel in new web tools.
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PAGE DESIGN AND LAYOUTS
Layout 1: Homepage
This layout has been specifically designed for homepages of academic and
support unit websites. Besides consistent non-editable regions, this layout
incorporates a slideshow banner or a static image banner, the main content
area, and right sidebar. The template offers flexibility in the number and
types of elements you can display on the page: photos, graphics, news,
feeds, calendar of events, etc.
The homepage of your website is the face of your unit and the most
important page. It should clearly identify your unit, its purpose, functions,
and character. Making this page image-rich and text-light will help achieve
maximum visual impact.
Homepage layout specifications:
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Page width – 960px
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Logo / graphic image width – 500px
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Navigation bar – 940x45px
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Static banner or slideshow imagery – 700x300px
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Content area width – 700px
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Sidebar width – 210px
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Footer
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Below there are a few examples of different content elements that diversify the look of the homepage:
Western Science
Western Engineering
Communications and Public Affairs
The Faculty of Science homepage displays a
The main content area of the Faculty of Engineering
In addition to the left column news area, the
dynamic slider, which rotates through 3 news
homepage is dedicated to Faculty news. The three
Communications website has an RSS feed of the
articles at a time. A two-column layout introduces
striking images under the news section promote
media releases in the right column. The three
faculty and alumni news. The right sidebar contains
engineering programs and services. The sidebar
images below the content area promote new
related links, an upcoming events feed, and an auto
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contains a random facts block, the events calendar,
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update Twitter feed from The World of Science.
and publications’ .pdfs.
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events and programs. The sidebar has an RSS feed
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of Alumni news.
http://www.eng.uwo.ca
http://www.uwo.ca/sci
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Layout 2: Lower-level page with left navigation
Left Navigation
expanded:
The left navigation is generated dynamically based on the folder structure and page titles.
Left navigation will expand
to show child items. By
default, the child items are
hidden until the parent item
is clicked. The navigation will
incorporate items up to 2
levels deep.
Left Navigation
Optional blocks:
In addition to the left nav,
web authors also have an
option of incorporating
additional blocks of
information under the left
navigation.
This example page
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includes two extra blocks:
related links and contact
The width of both of the left navigation and the right sidebars is 210px
information.
To create a page with this layout in Cascade: New > Page > Navigation Index Page
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Layout 3. Lower-level page with a right sidebar
Although the homepage (Layout 1) has a sidebar, it is also possible to use Layout 3 that incorporates the right sidebar on lower-level pages. In this case, the left
navigation will not be included on the page.
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The width of both the left navigation and the right sidebars is 210px
To create a page with this layout in Cascade: New > Page > Right Sidebar Page
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Layout 4. Lower-level single column page
This layout is to be used sparingly for pages with outstanding content (such as special events, live streaming, maps, etc). It does not contain the left navigation.
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To create a page with this layout in Cascade:
New > Page > Single Column Page
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Layout 5. Lower-level page with Faculty/ Staff listing
This layout is designed specifically for inputting the directory of staff / faculty / students. It offers a consistent and structured way of displaying directory elements.
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In Cascade navigate to the staff listing block: CMS > Blocks > XHTML > Staff Listing.
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The content for this block is built through a form and then applied to the staff listing page.
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The staff listing block will only work with the staff listing page.
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CONSISTENT PAGE ELEMENTS
Every single Cascade page across all websites on campus will have a number of consistent, non-editable elements. This ensures a unified look and feel of the template,
as well as ease of access to key information for users.
Header
1. The Ribbon (non-editable)
This area of the header is built into every page template. It contains:
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The popular links drop-down provides direct access to the most
frequently used campus resources. (Webmail, WebCT, etc.)
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The ribbon serves as an emergency notification tool. In case
of campus emergency or urgent campus notifications, the
Communications Department will replace the ribbon area content
with a message relating to the situation. The Communications
office will coordinate the messaging and coding of the emergency
notification.
2. Web banners
All web banners with the unit names subscribe to strict branding
guidelines. The graphic file for banner art will come as part of a
template for your unit’s website. All web banner artwork is provided
by the Communications office and it should concur with the current
branding standards.
3. Google search bar
Campus units can use either the central Western search or a search
code specific to their unit.
4. Western shield (non-editable)
The Western shield background is a pre-built part of the template.
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Main Body
1. The Horizontal Navigation Bar
The Cascade web template creates dynamically-built navigation,
which is populated based on your folder structure. Units have an
option of creating the navigation bar with drop-down menus or
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without drop-down menus.
The navigation is available in three different CSS classes
(large, medium and small) for varying font sizes to ensure the best
visual approach.
2. Breadcrumbs
The breadcrumbs, which appear on lower-level pages, serve a
dual purpose, they show the user's location within the website.
They also work as an additional level of navigation providing both
a visual marker of user location and hyperlinks to getting back to
each of the levels, including the homepage.
The breadcrumbs and their hyperlinks are built dynamically.
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3. Left Navigation
The left hand navigation has been created to assist users with their
progression through the levels of the site giving an indication of the
major sections. The current active section will be bolded at the top of
the menu as a hyperlink, whereas the current selected page will be a
hyperlink bolded in light blue within the menu. The left navigation can
have varying levels of depth and is generated dynamically based on
your folder structure.
4. Page title
The title of each page will be displayed ‘automatically’ based on the
title of each of the pages the content editors assign in Cascade.
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Footer
1. Western Information
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Copyright information (non-editable part of the template)
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Contact information (your unit’s address,email and phone number)To
edit this block: _cms\blocks\xhtml\footer address
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Links to Privacy,Web Standards,andTerms of Use (non-editable part
of the template)
2. Key Topics
These links are generated dynamically and are exactly the same as
the top navigation items.
3. Popular Resources
The number and types of these links can be modified by the unit’s
content editor and generally, include most frequently used resources
for the unit. To edit this block: _cms\blocks\xhtml\footer popular
resources.
4. Western shield image
(non-editable part of the template)
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TYPOGRAPHY
Western strives to convey a consistent image as an educational institution
Benton Font Family
that delivers an academic experience second to none. A graphic visual
identity helps ensure that all units of the university communicate this image
Benton Regular
A B C D E FG H I J K L M N O P Q R ST U V W X Y Z
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789
Benton Bold
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789
Benton Italic
A B C D E FG H I J K L M N O P Q R ST U V W XY Z
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789
appropriately.
The new visual identity on the web (logos and banners) incorporates two
new fonts for Western: Hellmuth and Benton.
Hellmuth - a custom-made serif font, truly unique to Western. We are calling
the font Hellmuth in honour of our founder, Bishop Isaac Hellmuth.
Benton - Western’s secondary font is a sans-serif. Its acceptable substitute
"system font" is Arial.
Arial - Western uses this font for the web body copy. It is free, widely
Arial Font Family
Arial
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789
Arial Bold
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789
Arial Italic
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
0123456789
available, and easy to read on screen and on print material.
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Refer to the Communications brand guide for all questions pertaining to the
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logos and font usage for print purposes:
http://communications.uwo.ca/comms/western_brand/vis_toolkit/
index.html
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The new graphic standards (colours, font types, font sizes) have been integrated and "hard-coded" into the Cascade templates. This allows content editors and
web developers to focus on visual aesthetics and content.
Using Heading Tags
The <h1> to <h6> tags are used to define HTML headings. <h1> defines the largest and visually, most important heading while <h6> defines the smallest
heading size. These tags decrease in size giving visual hierarchy on the important copy throughout the page. <h> tags can be applied through the format
dropdown menu in the WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) editor.
Heading 1 sample <h1>
h1
font-size: 140%
font-weight: bold
Heading 2 sample <h2>
h2
font-size: 130%
font-weight: bold
Heading 3 sample <h3>
h3
font-size: 120%
Heading 4 sample <h4>
h4
font-size: 110%
font-weight: 140%
Body text sample <p>
p
font-size: 14px;
Footer text sample
font-size: 80%
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WEB LOGOS
Web versions of all logos and page titles are created by the Communications office. When ITS sets up your website in Cascade, your logo / page title will be embedded in
the web header. Here are some sample logos and page titles and their suggested implementation:
Faculty Horizontal Logo
(Recommended for use as the primary logo on faculty websites)
Faculty Stacked Logo
(For use on departmental websites)
Department Horizontal Logo
(Recommended for use as the primary logo on departmental websites)
Department Stacked Logo
(Recommended for use on the departmental websites with longer page
titles)
Support Unit Horizontal Logo
(Recommended for use as the primary logo on support unit websites)
Support Unit Stacked Logo
(Recommended for use as the primary logo on support unit websites
with longer titles)
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WEB BANNERS
Faculty Web Banner
Faculty websites will have the logo placed in
the left and hyperlinked to the homepage of the
Faculty.
Support Unit’s Web Banner
Support unit websites will have the page
title placed in the left and hyperlinked to the
homepage. The page title wordmark is in
Benton typeface.
Departmental Web Banner
Departmental websites have the page title on
the left, hyperlinked to the homepage of the
department. Their Faculty logo will appear in the
top right corner and will link to the homepage of
the Faculty. The search bar will be placed below
the navigation bar.
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COLOURS
In Cascade CMS the colours are preset using style sheets. The
new graphic standards (colours, font types and font sizes) have
been integrated into the template and will automatically change
when the appropriate tags are given.
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Headings <h1> - <h6> purple
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Paragraph <p> black
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Hyperlinks <a> link blue
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Hyperlinks with hover state <a> link blue: hover
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Table Headings <th> - text grey
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Using similarly-sized imagery is recommended to enable visual consistency.
Homepage banner / Slideshow images
2-column images
180px
300px
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330px
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700px
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Landing page banners
3-column images
200px
or
110px
300px
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210px
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210px
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Faculty / Staff directory photos
Right sidebar images
110px
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210px
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our_teams/editorial.html
http://communications.uwo.ca/comms/our_teams/editorial.html
150px
115px
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Dynamic Slideshow
Titles and Captions
On the homepage templates, you can add a rotating slideshow, the cycle
will rotate every 6 seconds. Alternatively, a user can rotate through
images using keyboard arrow keys. The slideshow may be paused by
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hovering the mouse over the photo
The slideshow is made through a block and can be edited by
navigating to: _cms > blocks > xhtml > homepage slides (naming
may be slightly different depending on template). The content in the
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slideshow can be modified by editing the blocks and filling in the form.
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There should be no more than 5 items in a slideshow
Title
Caption
The slides can be easily reordered. In the top left corner, there
are options for editing slides (plus and minus boxes), reordering slides
The captions on the slideshow are added through the block. When creating the titles/
(black arrow), and order of slides (ie. 1 of 2)
captions, try to keep it short and relevant. When possible, keep the captions to one line
for a clean and consistent look. The semicolon between the title and caption will be
automatically added.
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Static Images
If a single static image is preferred over a slider, it can be added
through the "static image information" panel on the index page.
The same naming conventions of titles and captions apply.
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The static image will need to be 700 x 300px.
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Banner Images
A banner image is recommended on all landing pages as they provide a visual focal point. These images should be 700px by 200 or 300px.
(Size should be consistent though all the pages within the site).
Banner Sizes
Adding Captions to Banner Images
700x200 for a narrow banner intended for pages with a lot of content.
If a banner image requires a caption to go with it, a class of "photodescription" can be
700x300 for a wider banner intended for pages with less content.
used to overlay text on top of the image adding with a transparent black background.
Using this class keeps the look consistant with other pages using captions on images.
(For more information on how this class can be applied see page 25)
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The "image" class applies a subtle drop shadow to the bottom right of your image. Apply this class to all images in order to have consistency throughout the pages.
Image
<img class="image"alt="description"
src="img/campus.jpg"/>
The <class="image"> applies the drop shadow to the bottom right of the
selected image. Use this class when the content should be wrapped under the
image. This will automatically give 13px of padding to the bottom of your photo.
This allows the content under the photo to be easily read. (see example on right)
Image Right
The <class="image-right"> applies the drop shadow to the bottom right of
the selected image. Use this class when the content should be wrapped to the
right of the image. This will automatically give padding to the bottom of your
photo of 13px and 10px to the right. This allows the content to the right of the
photo to be easily read. (see example on right)
<img class="image-right" alt="description" src="img/campus.jpg"/>
Image Left
The <class="image-left"> applies the drop shadow to the bottom right of
the selected image. Use this class when the content should be wrapped to the
left of the image. This will automatically give padding to the bottom of your
photo of 13px and 10px to the left. This allows the content to the left of the photo
to be easily read. (see example on right)
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Image with Captions
This class allows users to add captions to the photo, keeping
the visual appearance of the design consistent with the other
pages and can be easily edited in Cascade. It is read as text by
search engines and enhances search engine optimization for the
site. This class is commonly used on the homepage for smaller
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graphic elements, but can also be used throughout the site.
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Limit the caption to
<div class="image-right">
<img width="200px" src="img/mobileapp.jpg" alt="describe image">
<div class="caption-wrapper">
<p class="photodescription">add photo caption.</p>
</div>
</div>
five words or less. If there is
more than that, the caption
will cover up too much of the
Adding Photo Credits
Photo credits can be added to the caption using the following
lines of code (Optional)
<div class="image-right">
<img width="200px" src="img/mobileapp.jpg"
alt="describe image">
<div class="caption-wrapper">
<p class="credit">Photo taken by: First Last</p>
<p class="photodescription">add photo caption.</p>
</div>
</div>
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Social Media Icons
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When using social media icons, please download and use the new set of rounded icons:
http://communications.uwo.ca/comms/web_guides/web_style_guide.html
New Social Media Icon Set
Facebook
Flickr
MySpace
Twitter
RSS
Blogs
YouTube
iTunes
LinkedIn
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Social Icon Class
When adding a social media icon to your site, make sure you add the
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social icon class to give the proper padding around the icon.
For example:
<img src="http://www.uwo.ca/web_standards/img/social/
facebook_16.png" class="social-icon" alt="Facebook">
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COLUMN LAYOUTS
2 - Column Layout
The 2-column layout can be used to run the content of your
page in two distinct columns. Using this layout will shorten
the length of your page and will display content in a visuallyappealing format.
Left Column. Right Column.
The content placed in the "left column" and "right column" will
appear in the left and right sides of the column accordingly. The
sections can be treated as a regular content area (text, images,
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links, etc. can all be placed).
The 2-column layout can be created by adding content in
the "left column" and "right column" sections in the WYSIWYG
editor. Column widths are: 340px.
The vertical line between the content will be added
automatically.
Basic Content Below Columns
The content placed in the "basic content below columns" will
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3 - Column Layout
The three column layout can be used to run the content of your
page in three columns. Using the three columns provides an
option of structuring the content more efficiently. The content
in each of the three columns is wrapped around a <div> class
to float the columns to the correct position and dimensions. The
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<div> classes need to be applied through the HTML editor.
The vertical lines between the content will be added
automatically.
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3 Column Layout Classes
1.
Left : <div class="left-3column">
2. Center: <div class="center-3column">
3. Right: <div class="right-3column">
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<div class="left-3column">
<h4><strong>Communications</strong></h4>
<img width="200" height="119" src="../img/communications.jpg" class="image"
alt="Communications"> <br /> <br />
<ul class="arrow-list">
<li>Media Relations &amp; Training</li>
</ul> </div>
<div class="center-3column">
<h4><strong>Creativity</strong></h4>
<img width="200" height="119" src="../img/creativity.png" class="image"
alt="Creativity"> <br /> <br />
<ul class="arrow-list">
<li>Video Production</li>
</ul> </div>
<div class="right-3column">
<h4><strong>Editorial</strong></h4>
<img width="200" height="119" src="../img/editorial.jpg" class="image"
alt="Editorial"> <br /> <br />
<ul class="arrow-list">
<li>Writing, Copy Writing &amp; Editing</li>
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<p>First paragraph</p>
<ul class="squarelist">
<li>this is first level
<ul>
<li>this is second level</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li>back to first level</li>
</ul>
Unordered Lists <ul>
The unordered lists are used when a bulleted list is needed. List styles
are built into Cascade and can be applied through the WYSIWYG editor.
This will add the appropriate padding and margins to your list.
Ordered Lists <ol>
<p>New paragraph here</p>
<ol class="numberedlist">
<li>first level
<ol>
<li>second level</li>
</ol>
</li>
<li>firstlevel</li>
</ol>
The ordered list is used for listing numbered items. The class can be
applied through the WYSIWYG editor.
Listing .pdfs/.doc Files and Locked Icons
Separate styles were created for listing documents that are in .pdf and
<p>Another paragraph here</p>
.doc formats, as well as password-protected documents:
Adding Multiple Icons to Lists
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<ul class="squarelist pdf">
<li>item 1</li>
<li>item 2</li>
</ul>
When applying different types of icons to a list, apply the class to each
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<li> tag.
<ul class="squarelist lock">
<li>item 1</li>
<li>item 2</li>
</ul>
Adding the appropriate list classes will give the list correct margins.
Without the class, items will not have the proper formatting.
<ul class="squarelist word">
<li>item 1</li>
<li>item 2</li>
</ul>
List Items’ Classes
class="squarelist"
class="numberedlist"
class="squarelist pdf"
<ul>
<li class="squarelist pdf">item 1</li>
<li class="squarelist word">item 2</li>
<li class="squarelist lock">item 3</li>
</ul>
class="squarelist word"
class="squarelist lock"
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TITLE BARS
There are three different types of title bars that can be used to add more visual appeal or emphasize specific elements of the page.
Title Bar Grey
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This class can used on for the homepage "Connect With Us" section, as well
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<h3 class="title-bar-grey">
Featured Alumni</h3>
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as any other section titles of your choice. Uppercase is forced in this class.
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Title Bar Purple
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<h3 class="title-bar-purple">Sites of Interest
</h3>
This class can be used to emphasize different sections within the page.
http://ssc.uwo.ca/index.html
Uppercase is forced in this class.
Side Bar Title
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Warning/Alert
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<h3 class="sidebar-title">Word of Science
</h3>
This can be used in right sidebars and/or headings of left nav optional blocks
http://ssc.uwo.ca/index.html
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By default, the width of any titlebar is 100% of the parent <div>. However,
the width can be adjusted as follows:
<h3 class="title-bar-purple" style="width: 50%;">Lorem ipsum</h3>
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Blue Box
The blue box class can be used anywhere within the website where a button is needed. The class has a hover state that prompts users to click on the highlighted text.
<a title="Self-Guided Tour" target="_blank" style="float:
right;" href="http://uwo.ca/ppd/documentation/Western_
WalkingTour_2011.pdf" class="blue-box">Self-Guided Tour</a>
<a title="Open House" target="_blank" style="float: right;"
href="http://welcome.uwo.ca/preview/visitus/index.html"
class="blue-box">Learn More</a>
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<a title="Campus Tours" target="_blank" style="float: right;"
href="http://welcome.uwo.ca/preview/visitus/index.html"
class="blue-box">Learn More</a>
Info Link
http://www.uwo.ca/about/visit/index.html
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Callout Box
This class is an effective way of drawing user attention to a specific message within the body of text, sidebar, or a left nav option.
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<div>
<p class="grey-box">
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Fusce
eget erat mauris, ac sollicitudin sem. Nullam quis sagittis enim.
Donec sagittis, nisi a faucibus auctor, sapien metus molestie mi,
a hendrerit nulla sem pellentesque orci. Quisque posuere ornare
sodales
</p>
</div>
Info Link
http://communications.uwo.ca/comms/web_guides/social_media/facebook.
html
<div class="grey-box">
<h1 class="general_items2">Contact Us</h1>
<p>Phone: 519.661.3347<br>
Email: <a href="mailto:lawapp@uwo.ca">lawapp@uwo.ca</a>
</p>
</div>
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TABLES
Tables should be used when rendering data that belongs naturally in a grid, or when the data describes a number of objects that have the same property.
Tables With Borders
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Tables are defaulted to have the borders around each cell. Use the code below as reference when creating your table.
Rows wrapped around
<th> grey background,
bold text
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Wrapped around <td>
white background, easy
to read the content
For table headings, wrap the text around a <th></th> tag to
add the grey background and bold text. This will help give visual
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hierarchy to your table.
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When saving a page that uses tables, leave the table summary
<table>
<tbody>
<tr>
<th>Course</th>
<th>Collaborative faculty</th>
<th>Frequency</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><p>LAW 9763:<br />Nation-Building in the American Empire</p></td>
<td><p>RandeKostal</p></td>
<td><p>Offered approximately every other year</p></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><p>LAW 9225:<br />Public International Law</p></td>
<td><p>Valerie Oosterveld or <br /> Chi Carmody or Sara Seck</p></td>
<td><p>Offered annually</p></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><p>LAW 9430<br />International Human Rights Law</p></td>
<td><p>Valerie Oosterveld</p></td>
<td><p>Offered approximately every [other] year</p></td>
</tr>
</tbody>
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Tables Without Borders
In some cases a table does not require borders. You can add "no-borders" class to the table tag: <table class="no-borders">.
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rows wrapped around
<th>greybackground,
bold text
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collaborative_program_in_transitional_justice.html
wrapped around
<td> white
background, easy to
read the content
For table headings, wrap the text around a <th></th> tag to add
the grey background and bold text.This will help give visual hierarchy to
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your table.
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When saving a page that uses tables, leave the table summary
blank for accessibility.
<table class="no-borders">
<tbody>
<tr>
<th>Course</th>
<th>Collaborative faculty</th>
<th>Frequency</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><p>LAW 9763:<br />Nation-Building in the American Empire</p></td>
<td><p>RandeKostal</p></td>
<td><p>Offered approximately every other year</p></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><p>LAW 9225:<br />Public International Law</p></td>
<td><p>Valerie Oosterveld or <br /> Chi Carmody or Sara Seck</p></td>
<td><p>Offered annually</p></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td><p>LAW 9430<br />International Human Rights Law</p></td>
<td><p>Valerie Oosterveld</p></td>
<td><p>Offered approximately every [other] year</p></td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>
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FORMS
Input Elements
Adding a Form
To add a form to your page there are three stages involved:
1. Creating the Inputs
Inputs are created to allow users to add data to the appropriate fields.
(For more information on specific inputs - see page 36-37)
2. Connecting to the .txt File
The form action needs to be set to send the form's data to a .txt file within
the folder (This will be the document that will be emailed to the recipient).
For example:
<form action="http://www.uwo.ca/cgi-bin/cgiemail/
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research/services/ethics/romeo/new_investigator_form.txt"
method="get">
http://www.uwo.ca/research/services/ethics/romeo/romeo_new_investigator_
3. Success Message Page
form.html
When a user submits the form, it should link to a thank you/success
message. This is a separate page that will display a thank you message to the
user who has submitted the form verifying that it has been sent.
For example:
<input name="success" value="http://www.uwo.ca/research/
services/ethics/romeo/new_investigator_form_success.html"
type="hidden" />
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Input Types
Text Fields
The <input> element is used to select user information.
Text Area
The <textarea> tag is used for multi line text input. A text area can hold
an unlimited number of characters. The size of the field can be adjusted
by changing the cols="80" and rows="7" to an appropriate number.
<li>
<label for="required-firstname">First Name:</label>
<span class="red">*</span></li>
<li>
<input class="fields required" maxlength="100" name="required-firstname"
size="60" type="text" />
</li>
<li>
<label for="required-lastname">Last Name:</label>
<span class="red">*</span></li>
<li>
<input class="fields required" maxlength="100" name="required-lastname"
size="60" type="text" />
</li>
<li>
<label for="comments">Comments:</label>
</li>
<li>
<textarea class="fields optional" cols="80" name="comments" rows="7" size="60"
type="text"></textarea>
</li>
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Input Types
<li>
<select class="fields required" maxlength="100"
name="required-salutation">
<option label="Dr." value="Dr.">Dr.</option>
<option label="Prof." value="Prof.">Prof.</option>
<option label="Ms." value="Ms.">Ms.</option>
<option label="Mrs." value="Mrs.">Mrs.</option>
<option label="Mr." value="Mr.">Mr.</option>
</select>
</li>
Selection Menu
The <select> tag allows users to select an option from a drop down list.
The <option> tags inside <select> creates the options available in
the drop down menu.
Radio Buttons
<ul class="inputlist">
<label for="annual-event">Is this an annual event:</
label>
<li> <input type="radio" value="yes" name="annualevent" id="annual-event" class="required"> Yes </li>
<li> <input type="radio" value="no" name="annualevent"> No </li>
</ul>
<input type="radio"> defines a radio button. Radio buttons allow
users to select one option from a number of choices.
Checkboxes
<p>Choose a Day</p>
<ul>
<li><input type="checkbox" name="day"
value="Monday">Monday</li>
<li><input type="checkbox" name="day"
value="Tuesday">Tuesday</li>
<li><input type="checkbox" name="day"
value="Wednesday">Wednesday</li>
<li><input type="checkbox" name="day"
value="Thursday">Thursday</li>
<li><input type="checkbox" name="day"
value="Friday">Friday</li>
</ul>
<input type="checkbox"> defines a checkbox. Check boxes allow users
to select more than one option from a number of choices.
Submit Button
<input value="submit" type="submit" />
<input name="success" value="http://www.uwo.ca/
research/services/ethics/romeo/new_investigator_form_
success.html" type="hidden" />
<input type="submit"> defines a submit button. This allows the data
within the form to be sent to the appropriate destination.
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JAVASCRIPT MODULES
Javascript modules allow developers to embed popular JavaScript library elements without thorough knowledge of the scripting language. Many of these elements will add
interactivity and additional functionality to the page and will help present content in an appealing format.
Single Image Carousel
<div class="slider-container" style="marginleft: 12px;">
<div class="flexslider" id="secondary-slider">
<ul class="slides">
<li>
<img alt="Staff Profile" class="image"
src="/img/faculty/profiles/Couper.jpg"
height="185" width="200" />
<h3>Leesa Couper walks on wild side</h3>
<p>The Children’s Dental Clinic Office Manager
(Schulich School of Medicine &amp; Dentistry)
meets a wildlife rehabilitation and education
centre in Mount Brydges.</p>
</li>
</ul>
</div>
</div>
This module allows users to rotate through a set of similarysized images with / without text descriptions, one image at a
time. The images and descriptions should belong to the same
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information category (i.e. News, Reports, Profiles, etc.).
Only one of these sliders can be used per page.
Recommended Formatting
Heading - should be in <h4> tags
Paragraph below heading - should be in <p> tags
Image Size
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ensure a consistent look with the other pages.
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The size may vary slightly depending on the placement of
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Triple Image Carousel
This module allows users to rotate through a set of similarlysized images with / without descriptions, three images at a
time. The triple image carousel can be used in the main content
area and is most effective for presenting a gallery of news,
faculty, staff, etc.
Recommended Formatting
Heading - should be in <h4> tags
Paragraph below heading - should be in <p> tags
<div id="content-left" class="grid_9" >
<div class="slider-container" >
<div id="triple-slider" class="flexslider carousel">
<ul class="slides">
<li><img src="img/slider/environment.jpg" />
<h3><strong>Environmental Impact</strong></h3>
<p>A year ago, Prof. Gail Atkinson and Associate Prof. Brian Branfireun from Earth
Sciences were names President and Vice President respectively</p>
</li>
<li><img src="img/slider/lKonermann.jpg" />
<h3><strong>ELars Konermann</strong></h3>
<p>Lars Konermann is this year’s recipient of the USC Aeard for Excellence.</p> </li>
<li><img src="img/slider/sWatt.jpg" />
<h3><strong>EStephen Watt</strong></h3>
<p>Contributions to symbolic and algbeaic computing are among the innovations
that earned him the Graham Award</p>
</li>
</ul>
</div>
</div>
Image Size
The width of each image should be 205px. This ensures
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that three images fit across with the appropriate spacing in
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between. The height should be in proportion set to the width.
All images in the banner should be the same size for visual
balance.
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Random Info Box
Right Sidebar Block
To display an array of different facts that cycles through each time
the page is refreshed you can make use of this JavaScript element. If
implemented, it will show a different fact every time the user reloads
a page. The facts feed through the .js file. The number of facts is not
<div class="grey-box">
<h3> Did you know... </h3>
<script language="javascript" src="js/www"
type="text/javascript"></script>
<!--content is found in scripts.js, function
called onLoad, and javascript inserted at the
bottom of the page-->
</div>
limited. The random info box can be placed anywhere on the page.
To edit your random box, go to cms folder > js folder > random-box.js
(it will look similar to the code on the left). When you edit this script, the
changes will be made to each page that uses the random-box script.
Using Quotations
To ensure the script’s validity on your page, please be aware that
quotations used in links and text require special treatment in the
JavaScript. When using a link, replace double quotes with single
ones.
Random Box JavaScript
var item = new Array ();
item[0] = "Western is one of the oldest and most
beautiful universities in Canada?";
item[1] = "that the University has become a
vibrant centre of learning with over 1,400 faculty
members and approximately 35,000 students?";
item[2] = "Western has 12 Faculties and Schools
and three Affiliated University Colleges?";
var i = Math.floor(item.length*Math.random())
document.write(item[i]);
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www.uwo.ca/about
For example: <a href=’http://westernu.ca’> and in blocks
of text where double quotes are required, use a backslash to escape the
character
For example: <p> Lorem ipsum dolor sit \"amet\" </p>
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Accordion
The accordion element allows page content to be minimized and
maximized on click. It is a great tool that allows you to shorten
the page length while keeping all relevant copy in bite-sized
chunks. The content within the accordion can be styled the
same as content on a regular page (images, links and tables can
all be added).
Adding an accordion to a site
The class must always be "accordion" and it is always 100% the
width of its parent container (main content, right sidebar, left
nav optional). You can include any type of content elements in
these containers such as links, paragraphs, images.
Use <h3> for the accordion title, and then place your content inside a
div tag below the <h3>.
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<div class="accordion">
<h3><a href="#">Research Grants and Awards</a></h3>
<div>
<li><a href="adf.html">Academic Development Fund - New Research and Scholarly
Initiative Awards</a></li>
<li><a href="Premier_Research_Grant.html">AFLM Premier Research Grant</a></li>
<li><a href="research_awards.html">International Research Awards</a></li>
<li><a href="sshrc_internal_research_program.html">SSHRC Internal Research
Program</a></li>
</div>
<h3><a href="#">Travel Grants</a></h3>
<div>
<li><a href="conference_travel.html">SSHRC Conference Travel Program</a></li>
</div>
<h3><a href="#">Commercialization Grants</a></h3>
<div>
<li><a href="western_innovation_fund.html">Western Innovation Fund (WIF)</a></li>
</div>
</div>
<div class="clear"></div>
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TWITTER FEED
Place the <div> with the "tweet" class anywhere in your document to receive
<h3>Follow Western on Twitter</h3>
<div class="tweet"></div>
your customized Twitter feed. It is customized in the shared Javascript (JS)
<script>
jQuery(function($){
$(".tweet").tweet({
username: "westernu", list: ""
});
});
</script>
file included in your site. This block currently resides in one of the social footer
columns of the homepage.
Changing the username in Twitter Feed
The Twitter script will be in a JavaScript file provided in your site. To change the
feed from Twitter, simply change the username from "westernu" to a username
of your choice. If you would like to pull in a Twitter feed from a list, enter the
username the list is coming from, and the name of the list between the quotes.
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Provide a Read more option
General Guidelines
When featuring lengthy stories on a homepage or landing page (i.e. biographies,
Write short, relevant sentences
news stories), include a maximum of 3 sentences and a hyperlinked "Read more"
Follow the inverse pyramid method: present the main message first and the
that directs to a page with the full story.
details after. Readers rarely read word-for-word on the web; instead, they scan for
relevant keywords to help answer their questions.
Use headings, subheadings, and anchors in your pages
Dividing pages into manageable sections using headings or anchors makes the
Bold or italicize for emphasis
information more navigable for a reader seeking specific information. If you
Bold or italicized words grab the attention of the reader because they emphasize
choose to use anchors, be sure to include a "back to top" option displayed as
key concepts and are semantically emphasized by screen readers for the visually
(top).
impaired. Avoid bolding or italicizing entire paragraphs; use them as focal points
Edit your content
for what’s important.
A typo-free, comprehensible website is professional and credible. Have 2 or 3
Use common words
people proofread for proper punctuation, grammar consistency, abbreviations,
It’s good practice to use words that users will likely search in a search engine
and general understanding. Cascade has a built-in spell-check feature.
like Google. Even though you are writing for a Canadian university site, you want
people outside of Canada to understand. Abbreviations should be used sparingly
Hyperlinks
and only if you acknowledge its use in brackets first. For example, The Office of
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about the Dean’s honour role on the President’s page).
Faculty Relations (OFR).
Use lists instead of long paragraphs
Lists are easy to scan and create levels of information the reader can consume.
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Avoid using the "click here" prompt. Use"Learn more" or "Read more"
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Provide links to other pages or websites when it is appropriate to do so. Just
because you reference another page does not mean it should be hyperlinked. If you
There must be a minimum of two items in a list. If you have many comparative
reference a specific page, it only needs one hyperlink to that page, not every time it
lists, consider making a table.
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is mentioned. The names of the links should match the name of the page it links to.
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Drop-down Navigation Items
Banner titles should be styled as follows:
Top-level navigation items are presented in upper-case.
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All words in the title are capitalized and bolded
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The follow up phrase is lower-case except the first word, which is upper case.
For example: Vanier Scholar: Adrienne Elbert, Biochemistry and Pediatrics
News on the homepage
Display all news items according to the following format and style:
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First word capitalized, the rest are lower-case
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No bolded titles
For example: Professor makes family connection in obesity battle
Slideshow Captions
Read more
The caption should incorporate the following principles:
If you need to elaborate on the article, use this call to action at the end of the
sentence.
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It should be concise (about 70 characters in length or half a tweet).
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It should not cover the blue circles
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Photo credit is recommended but optional.
Image "Alt" Tags
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Do not have more than 5 images on a slider
All images should have an "alt" tag when used on a page. Alt tags need to be
For example: Lipsum ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Read more
provided for accessibility and provides alternate text for an image, if the image
Banner Captions
cannot be displayed.
The banner needs to include:
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A short, catchy title (i.e. Purple Fridays)
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A short follow up phrase providing specific details as to who, what, when,
where, and why (i.e. Support your Mustangs).
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The alt tag should describe the image
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File / Folder Names
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Create short meaningful labels for folders and pages. Use natural descriptive language and think about how the
name would read in the context of the full URL. Consider others who may be working on your site in the future when
naming your files and folders.
For example: /benpay/ is confusing, but /benefits/ is acceptable
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Do not use acronyms
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For example: /edctfund/ is confusing, but /edu_funding/ or /funding/ is acceptable
The url should read like a sentence and have a good flow:
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/facilitation_consultation_services/ is extremely long and could be easily replaced by /facilitation/
For example: /training/required/new_employees
Use a full word or if you are using two words, shorten the first.
For example: if your navigation item is Undergraduate Students, you can use either /undergraduate/
or /undergrad/ or /undergrad_students/
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Avoid using numbers or special characters unless it is absolutely necessary:
For example: /archive2012/ is acceptable
Do not use spaces in between words.Spaces convert to "%20" in the address bar,confusing and extending the URLand adds
to load time. Use an underscore symbol for spaces, as this makes the URL easier to read.
Page Titles
By default, Cascade uses the title of the page as the system name (i.e. the file name). In some cases, these names could
be really long. It is always a good idea to go back and rename the page. Although names should be short, they need to
describe the basic content.
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NAMING CONVENTIONS
Page Titles
When a new page is created you will be asked to put in a System
name for your page - this is the file name that you assign to the
page. This will become a part of your future URL. Make it short and
comprehensible.
By default, Cascade uses the system name for the page’s actual
title unless otherwise indicated. The page title is the name that will
appear on the page itself, the left navigation (if using it), the page’s
breadcrumbs, and the browser window, when published.
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NAMING CONVENTIONS
Page Titles in Browsers
Page titles that show in the browser window are an important
element of any page: they let users know where within the site
they are located and reinforce a branding message. At Western, we
subscribe to the following page title structure:
Page Title (1) - Faculty / Department / Support Unit (2) - Western
University (3)
For example:
Partners - Faculty of Science - Western University
Web Guides - Communications - Western University
Putting it all together
1. Page titles will be added dynamically based on the page title field
input (no dashes are needed).
2. The unit name would have to be added through metadata field, called
Display Name (no dashes are needed).
3. Western University will be appended to every single page.
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NAMING CONVENTIONS
Metadata
Metatags are HTML tags that are placed in the code of the document. These tags are not visible on the actual website but they parse specific information to browsers.
While metatags are not a magical solution to having search engines display your website at the top of the results list, they help convey to search engines and your users the
purpose of websites.
Display Name - The actual title you will assign to the page. It wil be
displayed in the left navigation, the breadcrumbs. And it is different
from the system name, which is a file name (compare: News &
Publications and news.html)
Summary - A short synopsis of the page
Teaser - A short and punchy sentence/phrase about the page
Keywords - Keywords should reflect the main content on your website.
Keep your keywords as pertinent as possible by thinking about what
queries users might want to use to find your website.
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WEB STANDARDS SUMMARY
Elements
Standard
Web Browser
Internet Explorer - version 7 or higher
Firefox - version 5.x or higher
Safari - version 5.x or higher
Chrome - version 20.x or higher
Opera - 12.x or higher
Image Formats
JPEG, JPG - most common image format. Use for photographs or images with gradients.
GIF - creates a small file size, which will be easy to load on the web. Generally used for images with solid areas of color.
PNG - creates a larger file size and should be used for small images. Generally used for images that need a transparent background.
URL Naming Convention
Currently, Western does not subscribe to strict guidelines on creating urls. Historically, the two url variations included unit.uwo.
ca and uwo.ca/unit. However, Western anticipates migration of the Western domain name from uwo.ca to westernu.ca. Once the
domain name is changed, using westernu.ca/unit will become mandatory. In lieu of this, we propose that if your unit considers
the url change, it uses uwo.ca/unit
Links
External links - pages that are external to your site should open in a new window (target="_blank").
Internal links - pages within your site should open in the same window.
File Naming
File names should be kept short and simple. When a file is more than one word, the words should be separated by underscores
(_) instead of spaces. Keeping the naming conventions meaningful and consistent will make it easier for users to find the page/
document with your site and also provides better Search Engine Optimization.
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PRE-LAUNCH CHECKLIST
Reviewed Website:
Consistency with the new style standards
Ensure content is marked-up semantically correct and is compliant with the standards of the new CSS.
For example, all images have <image> class applied; lists are either <arrow-list> or <square-list>, <h1 – h6> and <p> applied correctly, etc
All external links open in a new window.
All internal links open in the same window.
The correct font properties are being used: Arial, blue for links, purple for titles, etc.
Content
The url naming scheme is consistent and comprehensible. The urls are not long, they are legible, and do not contain acronyms or special characters.
Top navigation items have first letters capitalized.
All page titles have first letters capitalized. For example, Outreach Services or Web Style Guide Help.
All of the pages have consistent page titles at the top of the browser window in the following format:
Page title -> Faculty / Support Unit name -> Western University
For example, Client Support -> ITS -> Western University
There’s a physical address, phone and an email address in the footer.
Functionality
Google Analytics code on all pages.
All JavaScript items are working correctly (slideshow, accordions, carousels, etc).
All of the forms are working correctly.
Search form is working correctly and returns results specific to the search (Western or for the specified domain).
The logo is hyperlinked to take users back to the homepage.
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Validation and Accessibility
All images have an ‘alt’ tag. Use http://achecker.ca/checker/index.php
All links are valid. Use http://validator.w3.org/checklink
Branding
Logos comply with Western branding standards.
There’s a favicon in place.
Banner fonts (if used) are in Benton.
The new (proper) web colour of purple (#4F2683) is used.
Graphics
The website contains high-resolution imagery optimized for the web.
All photos and graphic elements (icons) have author permission and concur with copyright laws.
The images have an <image> class applied.
The slideshow doesn’t contain more than 5 items.
The slideshow captions are not long.
The social media icons have the new rounded imagery.
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