Upon completion of the Web Presence Training
Program, Web developers will
be granted access to a Zip file that contains the Web page template
files. The Zip file contains HTML Files that you can edit, documentation for you reference as you maintain your site, links to the style sheets that are used and links to example images .psd files.
The templates have been created via straight HTML coding. Upon completion of the Web Presence Training Program, all primary Web developers will receive, assigned to their department, a license for Macromedia Dreamweaver to use in creating their Web sites. All campus Web developers are encouraged to use Dreamweaver as their primary Web development software; this will enable Information Technology Services and Marketing Communications to provide maximum support to developers if they require assistance in building their pages. Developers should consult with ITS if considering a Web development tool other than Dreamweaver; some tools, such as Microsoft FrontPage, are not compatible with UWF Web servers.
Please note that even though the templates are designed
using HTML code, there are parts of the design that may require
the creation of art elements specific to your site, such as
photos and artwork. Some Web developers may need to have access
to programs such as Photoshop or Macromedia FireWorks to be
able to create customized files. If your department does not
have image editing applications, University Marketing Communications
may be able to supply you with art files. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
The UWF Web Presence is designed to be a flexible system while maintaining
a consistent university identity. There are certain elements
in the design that must remain consistent to achieve the common
look and feel. These elements include the university header
and the style sheet. In addition to these design elements,
there are a few navigation elements that must be consistent.
These elements differ according to whether the site belongs
to a university college, university school, academic division/department or non-academic
department. Refer to the Web Template Standards for elements
that pertain to your area. While these few items must retain
their built in characteristics, the template system was created
to be a starting point and a framework to build on; it is not
meant to be a rigid mold that makes all pages exactly alike.
The greatest amount of flexibility is available inside the
There are standard colors built into the template based on the University
of West Florida school colors of blue and green. The Web value
of the primary colors are 003399 (Blue) and 006633 (Green).
There are some color palette choices that you can choose from
in developing your template. Visit the Visual
Style Guide for
The template is targeted for a monitor with a resolution of at least 800
x 600. This sizing of the template should not be modified.
Research shows that the vast majority of our users are visiting
the UWF Web Presence using computers that are able to display
(at least) this resolution. Ideally, a page’s
content will resize along with the browser window, but using
a fixed width provides much more positioning control. Because
of the fixed-width format, you will see bands of white space
to the right (and possibly to the bottom) on some screens set
for a higher resolution. We have attempted to strike a balance
between aesthetics and mainstream technology.
The layout and appearance of the templates is controlled by Cascading Style Sheets. This means that the content of a Web page is separate from its presentation. As an example, navigation elements are contained within HTML lists and preceded by HTML headers that describe the list. An ordinary Web browser does not display the header because it is turned off in the style sheet, but a screen reader for visually impaired users sees it and reads it aloud. So a user might hear, for example, "Local Navigation" followed by a list of links. This greatly increases the ability of a visually impaired user to remain oriented while perusing a page.
Third, the templates are fully compliant with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act - form elements have corresponding labels, images have alternate text, etc. Of course, it is still possible that a web designer, creating a page from these templates, could add content that violates Section 508. For this reason, UWF is committed to the task of constantly reevaluating live Web pages and effecting changes where necessary to remain compliant.
Finally, every UWF Web page contains a convenient link to UsableNet's
Lift Assistive Web page processor. Lift Assistive provides
many useful features designed to make pages easier to read
- features like enhanced contrast and increased font size. This allows
users with disabilities to access UWF's Web site even when using a computer
without special accessibility software.