Tuesday, October 13, 2015 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location Details: 

Information Technology Dept.
Room 208V
4201 Normandy Street North
Bismarck, ND 58503


  • News and Updates
  • Web Browsers and Support
  • Final review of Standards

Meeting Recap:

  • The group discussed Web Browsers and how they apply to application development processes and testing.
    • There are still issues today that sometimes require a certain version of a certain browser to be used for normally functionality from a web app.
      • The only realistic approach may be to test apps with as many browsers as possible
      • Also may need to offer users more than one browser
      • Proprietary development tools or methods are also no longer being used unless it is maintaining old apps
    • Internet Explorer 11 will be the only supported version on Windows 7 or greater, so agencies should plan to test applications for that scenario if IE will be the browser of choice.
    • Windows 10 also includes the Edge browser, which will behave like other browsers with an ‘Evergreen’ method of patching and feature additions.
  • Development Methodology Standard
    • The group confirmed that the standard is not needed. The purpose of the standard is actually provided by modern Project Management and Large Project Oversight, which include requirements for a methodology and defines the development milestones. The group will recommend rescinding the standard via an EA survey.
  • Web Development Standard
    • Further editing was done to the standard, including adding a new section titled ‘Applicable North Dakota Century Code’, which directs readers to the relevant century code for ADA compliance and other mandates.
    • The group feels the standard is now fully updated and will recommend approval of the updates via an EA survey.
  • Web Development Best Practices
    • The document was further refined, and now includes many of the items that were removed from the Web Development standard
    • Most of the recent work removed much of the language under the Visual Presentation section regarding font and background colors.
    • Under Page Content, reference to 800x600 screen resolution was removed and the group will confer with ITD’s web developers to determine if a revised reference to screen resolution should be included in the standard. The group added a suggestion to use SSL encryption (https) for all agency web sites. It was also discussed whether that approach should actually be a Security Architecture standard.
    • The group ran out of time to make further updates so there is more work to do, and the draft will be sent to ITD’s web developers for feedback.
Date of Notice: 
October 9, 2015