Policy Code: 
Effective Date: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Revision Number: 
Revision Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2016
Last Reviewed: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Version Control: 
This version supersedes standard EGT003-04.7


Create a common, compliant framework for development of accessible web sites that support the function and mission of the entity while establishing a level of effectiveness, consistency and professionalism across the State of North Dakota web sites.


  1. HTML shall validate to a World Wide Web Consortium’s “W3C Recommendation”.
  2. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) shall validate to a “W3C Recommendation”.
  3. Every public web site HTML page shall display the state banner as per www.nd.gov/banner.
  4. Advertisements shall not be displayed.
    1. Links to business partners are allowed if they meet all of the following:
      1. Link is related to the agency/department’s business
      2. It is without compensation
      3. There is no discrimination in determining allowed links
  5. Business partner sites are not subject to state standards, however they must comply with the following:
    1. Cannot display state banner
    2. Shall not appear as an official state government agency
  6. Every public web site HTML page shall provide a link to or display the following:
    1. Contact information including address, phone and email
    2. Privacy policy
    3. Home page
    4. Security policy
    5. Disclaimer


Implementation of development standards for accessible, consistent, and user-friendly web sites providing quick, simple access to government information and services. Thereby, reducing costs and streamlining government by providing greater access to information and more convenient government services.


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies including the University Systems Office but excluding other higher education institutions, i.e. campuses and agricultural and research centers.


Blatant advertisement - i.e. selling of advertisement on web site
Graphics (such as logos) - links or information that endorse a business or organization.
The inclusion of vendor logos and links to commercial sites with the intent to promote sales.
Business Partner Sites
A third party site providing information/applications/services on behalf of the state related to the services of the agency for the benefit of the public that is not hosted on state servers and is not directly controlled by a state agency.
HTML pages
Any page that contains HTML code. This includes static or generated pages.
Intranet web site
Web site that is only accessible to an agency’s staff.
Web site
A web site is a collection of web files or application generated web pages.
Public web site
A site accessible by the general public.

Applicable North Dakota Century Code (NDCC)

The Great Seal of North Dakota is reserved for official use. Refer to NDCC 54-02-01 for regulations. For accessibility information - Refer to NDCC 14-02.4-14 and NDCC 14-02.4-15 for definitions of discrimination in the provision of public services.


  1. Web development best practices
  2. W3C specification for HTML
  3. W3C specification for Cascading Style Sheets


        Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

        Additional Notes


        Drafted By

        Application Architecture