Best Practices for Web Development
The man who created the World Wide Web in 1993 is Tim Berners-Lee. His creation altered the course of history.
Lee and others from around the globe created the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to oversee the future of the web. Its purpose is to lead the web to its full potential by creating standards that will ensure its long-term growth and its availability to every single person in the world.
The W3C monitors and makes recommendations about the technical underpinnings of the web. One of its most pressing issues is that of making web content accessible to the vast majority of users, including people with disabilities such as blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning difficulties, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech difficulties, photosensitivity and combinations of these.
In other words, the World Wide Web should be technically constructed in a way that everyone can access its content.
The Office of Web Services complies with W3C guidelines as well as guidelines of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) to create a UIS website that adheres to standards and is accessible to all users.
Please note: Web accessibility is a requirement for our university as well as all public universities.
“The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their websites, information systems, and information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. While the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act already require the State to ensure accessibility, the IITAA establishes specific standards and encourages the State to address accessibility proactively.”
– from the Illinois Department of Human Services website.
For UIS Department and Unit Pages:
1) Adhere to Web standards.
- UIS Web Style Guide
- Best Practices for UIS Website (PDF)
- Maintaining and Evaluating Accessibility for Your Website (requires a NetID and password to view)
2) Attend our workshops.
- Web Services offers several workshops and walk-ins during the semester. Past sessions have covered topics such as Best Practices for the Web, Web Accessibility, Social Media, etc.
3) What you can do:
- Most users aren’t reading online. They are scanning text. Make good use of lists.
- If a link takes the user to a PDF document, add “(PDF)” next to the link.
- Avoid listing URLs on your webpages. Choose a line of text or a phrase that can contain the link.
- Heading styles are only used for the title of a page, section headings, etc., and should be used in order. Don’t convert an entire paragraph into a heading style.
4) Request for Help
- Please use our Request for Help form should you need any assistance with regards to your website, the Webtools Toolbox, social media, and more.