Effective Date:Monday, February 9, 2004
Revision Date:Monday, May 16, 2016
Last Reviewed:Monday, May 16, 2016
Version Control:This version supersedes Best Practices EGT-BP001
- All of the designs should meet the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility guidelines and should be compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- All new web sites should be developed with responsive design functionality.
- Pages that are indexed by a search engine shall include the Meta tag “description” to describe the page’s content.
- Every HTML page shall use a title tag containing information that is relevant to the page’s content.
- Browser Plug-ins:
- All links to non-HTML content shall provide information on file type, (i.e. pdf).
- Users shall be informed of the need for a plug-in and provided a link to download it.
- Primary site navigation shall not require a third-party browser plug-in (Acrobat, Flash, Java applet, etc.).
- Websites should provide a secure web form to ensure those who do not have an email client or are using public computers may easily contact you. This will also provide a secure mechanism as email is not deemed secure. Websites should avoid publishing personal email addresses. Use generic accounts such as email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Links taking users outside of North Dakota state government should first alert the user with a notification or page (i.e., a splash message) indicating they are about to leave an official state government site.
- Do not store personal or customer information in cookies.
- Encrypt cookie content
- If the web site requires the use of a cookie and the browser has cookies disabled, redirect the user to a web page explaining why the web site requires a cookie and how to turn them back on.