Web Designer's Toolkit

Standards, Policies and Recommendations:

Web Server / Domain Name Requests:

Application for Web Server ID:  If your web site pages will reside on the Commonwealth Internet/Web Server (ky.gov), you will be charged a monthly fee based on the amount of storage space used for your agency's site, user directories, and dedicated FTP directories.  The storage space will be calculated at a directory level and will include all subdirectories below this level (unless lower levels are billed to another COT Billing Number).  You can check the Service Rates for Customers.
Request for Domain Name Services: The official Domain Name System (DNS) request form for Kentucky Government used for new request as well as for changing the IP address of an existing domain name. 

Validators / Specifications / Accessibility:

W3C HTML Validation Service:  A free service that checks documents like HTML and XHTML for conformance to W3C recommendations.
W3C CSS Validation Service:  A free service that checks your Cascading Style Sheets for conformance to W3C recommendations.
W3C's CSS Specification
W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative


Websites and web applications should be designed using currently published W3C standards so as to function in as many industry leading browsers as possible.  Refer to Enterprise Architecture and Standards 3511: Network - Internet/Intranet - Web Browser.


Additional Resources:

Kentucky.gov Portal Information:  The COT Web Development Group has assembled several documents relating to the Kentucky.gov portal.  These documents include information about the Calendar Users Guide, Kentucky.gov Portal Calendar Authorization Request form, Kentucky.gov Google Search FAQ and Google Search Code Changes.
Custom "404 - Page Not Found" Error Page:  A custom error page for the common "404 - Page Not Found" error provides users some possible explanations for what has happened and various options on what to do next.
Usability.gov Web Site:  Usability.gov provides broad information on usability and accessibility.  The site comprises original content in addition to links to external web sites, resources and articles.  Original content is created only when existing information in the field is not readily available or appropriate. 
Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines:  Current research-based guidelines on web design and usability issues from the US Department of health and Human Services.
Government Domain and Registration Services:  Program guidelines which attempt to clarify and summarize the federal policy for the .gov domain.

aDesigner is a disability simulator that helps designers ensure that content and applications are accessible and usable by the visually impaired. 

This page was last modified 11/7/2012 1:42 PM