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Website guidelines and responsibilities

The below guidelines apply to university faculty and staff, and external agencies involved in the creation of official university websites and pages.

Note: Websites developed for faculties, departments, offices, services or any other individuals or groups within the university are considered official websites in support of our core mission or related administrative business.

Web content editors are responsible for the content of the pages they publish and are expected to abide by the highest standards of quality and consistency in addition to ensuring that content is accessible and aligned with the university’s Editorial Style Guide.

Official websites are subject to editing and possible removal if deemed non-compliant with design and editorial guidelines, accessibility and copyright guidelines, violate law or policy, or are detrimental or damaging to the university.

Accessibility

In keeping with the provincial legislation, all communication tools, including videos, websites and web content, must be accessible and comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Additional information on website accessibility is available from:

Testing and evaluation

We encourage web content editors to test pages using adaptive software and web-based scanners.

Examples:

  • Lynx: A text browser used by people who have low bandwidth, use screen-reading software or who prefer graphics-free web browsing.
  • Jaws: Screen-reading software that operates in all Windows applications. A free demonstration can be downloaded.
  • AChecker: Checks single HTML pages for compliance with accessibility standards.

Website assets (documents, images and videos)

All website assets (documents, images and videos) must be accessible and follow the university’s brand before adding it to a website.

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