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Web Publishing Guidelines

Goal
Our goal is to provide an informative, easy to use website for all patrons that includes clear navigation, consistency, visual appeal, and accuracy. Library workgroups are responsible for periodically checking webpage content for these elements.


Getting Started

Before you create a page on the Library site you should be able to answer these questions:

Now you are ready to begin. The Library site uses a combination of Dreamweaver Templates and Cascade Style Sheets (CSS). Although you do not have to have a complete understanding of templates and CSS, a basic understanding is required before you begin. Additionally an understanding of site structure is a must.

  1. Set up your computer
    1. Install Dreamweaver
    2. Map a network drive to staging web
    3. FTP Access (optional)
  2. Dreamweaver training including Template and CSS overview
  3. FTP training (optional)
Site Structure

The Library's website architecture is hierarchical. The top level of the site only contains the library's main page and the CSS page. Beneath the top level are folders and sub-folders which contain all the other pages of the site.

Guidelines
Top level folders are pre-defined and cannot be added to without prior approval.

Folder descriptions:

Other folders on the web:

Templates

Dreamweaver Templates were first used during the 2004 website redesign. The top four reasons the Library uses templates:

  1. Consistency: Pages throughout the site have the same look and feel (graphic identity) using the same headers, footers, navigation bars, and layout.
  2. Protection: Critical areas such as the headers, footers, navigation bars, and layout are protected. This helps protects against accidentally deleting or changing elements that shouldn't be changed.
  3. Easy webpage creation: Pages are not created from scratch saving valuable time. Templates adhere to ADA standards and have been tested in many browsers for layout.
  4. Webpage management: Maybe the most important element of templates is the functionality of site management. Changes can be made globally (throughout the site) when elements within a non-editable region are changed.

Designs
As of fall 2013 there is just one template: lanelibrary.dwt

Guidelines

CSScss

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are used to centrally control the style elements such as font type, color, and size. The Library uses a CSS file that resides on the web server which the Library templates refer to. All pages created from any of the Library templates access these predefined styles.

Guidelines

Page Title

All pages on the site begin with "LCC Library:<page title>." This is important so that each page can be easily identified when our pages are book marked and when we run analytics.

Tips

Make link text meaningful
Avoid "click here" at all costs. Here are some options:

Instead of, "To request an interlibrary loan, click here" try:

Computer terms: is it website, web site or Web site? and other common questions.
When authoring new pages, use the following conventions:

More from Lane's style guide...

Resources
History

See how the Library's site has evolved

1997 - design by Daniel Fogg and Don Macnaughtan
1997

2000 - design by Linda Ackers and Don Macnaughtan
2000

2004 - design by Juanita Benedicto and Meredith Keene-Wilson
2004

2009 - design by Linda Ackers and library staff
2009

Fall 2013 - design by Linda Ackers and library staff (current design)
fall 2013 website