North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Web Policies and Procedures
Overview & Scope
These guidelines exist as a means by which to list and explain requirements for web accessible content for the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at North Carolina State University (NCSU). These guidelines will assist faculty, staff, and students, in developing and publishing content under regulations set forth by NCSU. Any person who publishes content to a College-owned or maintained site must adhere to these guidelines.
Please check back frequently, as policies may be updated or changed.
Architecture and Navigation
The design of the CVM site is approved by the administration and must be kept intact on any page under ownership or maintenance of the CVM. Additionally, the navigation of the site must also be kept intact, including both main navigation relating to the College as a whole and side navigation relating to individual departments, groups, or sections. Only approved font sizes, types, and colors set by the administration can be used.
Additionally, the design and navigation of the site is to be applied to any page under the cvm.ncsu.edu domain, regardless of location in the directory or link structure of the overall site. This uniformity ensures a stronger web presence and allows for greater adherence to mandated accessbility standards (see below).
According to NCSU regulations and CVM administrative directives, every page and file on the CVM must be Priority 1 ADA and Section 508 compliant. Section 508 is a mandate that requires federally funded institutions to make all online content accessible to persons with disabilities. More on Section 508, Priority 1 ADA, and NCSU accessibility guidelines can be found at the following sites:
- NC State's Web Page Accessibility Regulation - REG04.24.05
- Web Page Accessibility Implementation Document
- Section 508 Standards
- Web Standards and Guidelines
- Web Accessibility - Best Practices
- Designing for Accessibility - Rich Media
- Accessibility for Non Textual Content
- Alternative Equivalents for Media
- Section 508 Standards (in detail)
- Creating Section 508 Compliant Documents & Presentations
- Testing Documents for Section 508 Compliance
- Web Accessibility Primer and Checklist, Find out what you need to do to make your webpages accessible
- Accessibility In a Nutshell, Section 508 Web Requirements Demystified
NCSU accessibility support for PDF documents
- Creating Accessible PDF
- Quick Tips
- Creating Accessible Source Document
- Working with Tags
- Converting untagged PDF Documents
- Batch Processing
- Accessible PDF forms
- Converting Untagged PDF Documents
- Accessible Forms-PDF
- Using Adobe Acrobat Professional
- Adobe Designer and Form Access
- Using Adobe Designer
Adobe accessibility support for PDF documents
- Acrobat 9 accessibility overview
- What's new in Acrobat 9 accessibility
- Acrobat 9 accessibility FAQ
- Acrobat accessibility training resources
- Creating Accessible PDF from Microsoft Word
- PDF Accessibility Repair Workflow
- Using the Accessibility Checker
- Best Practices for Accessibility
Creating New Pages & Editing Existing Pages
All page creation and editing must be done through the use of Adobe Contribute CS4 (version 4.1) or newer. Connection Keys may be obtained for individual departments, groups, and sections from the Computing Resources group and must be obtained in order to gain access to a particular area for web editing. You can find extensive Contribute tutorials (including screenshots) at the follow sites:
- Part 1 and Part 2, Adobe Contribute Tutorial by Paula Gregorowicz
- University of Tasmania Contribute Tutorial
All files and folders should be named with all-lowercase letters and should not contain spaces, though underscores may be used.
- mypage.html instead of "MyPage.html"
- myword_doc.doc instead of "my word doc.doc"
- mydocument.pdf instead of "my document.pdf"
- my_folder instead of "My Folder"
Neither files nor folders should start with a number. Try to be concise with your file names. Think about the person who has to type out your full web address - a 30-character long file name is hard to follow and increases the likelihood of spelling errors and can result in users unable to access your web page. As a general rule, try to keep your file names under or around 10 characters.
- web123.html instead of "123web.html"
- shortname.html instead of "longnamesmakeithardertotypeandrememberwebsites.html"
Personal Web Pages
Personal web pages may only exist on the CVM web site as they pertain to the individual in an official capacity with regards to the college. If you wish to display more personal or unrelated information, you can use your personal Unity web space under the guidelines set forth by NCSU.
Student Organizational Web Sites
For assistance in setting up and configuring a class or organizational web site, contact Dan McWhorter at 513-6338.