Standards and Guidelines
The following are basic guidelines and standards to familiarize yourself with. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but more a “tips and tricks” when working on the web.
- Think about what you put on your page, keep your audience in mind and be clear and concise in your messaging.
- Look at your web page on multiple devices (phone, tablet, computer, TV).
- All pages on the website should have a consistent look to maintain a consistent brand.
If you need help or find errors, contact Strategic Communications and Marketing.
General Standards / Getting Started
- Think about what you’re putting on your web page. Include only important information and be clear and concise. If you have a PDF or document, can it just live on the website as an actual page or does it need to be a PDF or document?
- If it’s not ready, don’t or publish it. Don’t use “Coming soon…”, “Under Construction”, or any other similar wording.
- Any content added to the website may be changed by Strategic Communications and Marketing at any time if it fails to meet basic writing style guidelines, visual style guidelines or accessibility guidelines.
If any users fail to meet these standards, their access to edit pages may be revoked.
What to do:
- Use digital brand fonts. All main body text should be Helvetica Neue. All headings should be Proxima Nova. For the most part these are standard, but in some cases if you copy and paste you may need to clear formatting to set to default text styles.
- Make sure to proofread all text and perform spell check.
- Be clear, concise and simple in your copy. Get to the point.
- Make sure the most important information takes precedence.
- Put yourself in the shoes of someone coming to your page for the first time – get to know your audiences.
- Speak to your audience, don’t dumb down your content, but make it as simple and easy to digest as possible.
What not to do:
- Don’t change the font face.
- Don’t change the font color.
- Don’t change the font size outside of the predefined size options within Styles and Formatting.
- Don’t add background colors to your text.
- Don’t bold, underline or italicize all your text — if it’s all bold, italicized or underlined, none of it will stand out.
- Don’t add additional space between characters.
- Don’t use excessive exclamation points or all caps — your audience will think you’re yelling at them.
- Copy may be changed by Strategic Communications and Marketing.
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