UT Tyler Web Publishing Standards

Template Requirements and Guidelines

  • All departments agree to follow these UT Tyler style and template guidelines.
  • Use of university templates within the CMS helps the university unify visual standards and control accurate link architecture for online communication. All departmental pages are to use the UT Tyler templates within the CMS. Creation of a separate template outside the CMS is not permitted.
  • The template-based navigation system is to be used by all sites within the CMS. Creation of a complete, separate navigation system is not permitted (such as adding a separate header or footer navigation to pages within a site or editing the navigation layout). Through consistent placement of navigation and page structure, users will become familiar with the university’s Web pages, increasing ease of use.
  • Copyrighted material is prohibited unless written notification has been given from the copyright holder.
  • Departments are responsible for keeping backups off ALL files such as PDF, Word, JPG, etc. 
  • All (X)HTML code must pass validation (error pass required, not warning pass) at http://validator.w3.org/.
  • UT Tyler Web templates conform to the university’s own Web publishing policies. These requirements include accessibility, identity, meta tags, navigation and layout.
  • The templates also conform to UT Tyler publishing guidelines. Web publishers are required to continue following the Web publishing guidelines, the OU Campus template style guide and CMS online training to continue to build consistent Web pages for the end user.
  • Adding "Coming Soon", "Under Construction" or similar type messages are not allowed.
  • Pages launched without page content are not allowed.
  • 302 redirects should be used on all top-level pages no longer available on the UT Tyler website.

Code Structure

The UT Tyler templates have been designed to address UT Tyler's visual brand and remain consistent to ensure clarity of identity while some elements allow for flexibility. The following principals have been applied:

  • Clear UT Tyler brand identity.
  • Positive experience for the user.
  • Clear communication, navigation and usability.
  • Consistent page structure.
  • Flexible elements to portray departments, colleges, etc.
  • Accessibility.
  • Work across a wide variety of browsers and platforms.
  • Editing HTML/CSS within the code is not permitted.

Template Structure and Implementation Guide

Online training for OU Campus users will step users through use of the UT Tyler template.

  • While flexibility is available for your site, the look and feel is to remain consistent throughout the UT Tyler website.
  • It must be emphasized that in using the UT Tyler templates you are publishing information that represents both UT Tyler, your department, projects, faculty, etc. It is important that as an official university publisher you do not change any element that has been deemed constant.
  • Please avoid incorrect image sizes and unapproved buttons. All pages should contain appropriate content and follow accessibility/usability guidelines.

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