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University of Minnesota Summer Spatial Boot Camp
July 21st - August 1st, 2014 | Minneapolis, MN
- The text heading on your home page should be an <h2>. The graphic header (for this page, the Department of Long Nomenclature graphic) is the <h1>.
- Copyedit your content before coding, then proof copy before publishing.
- For readability, use background colors that are light or white and type that is dark or black. Minimize use of background patterns.
- Avoid scrolling and flashing text and animation.
- Test all your links before publishing to make sure they work.
- Be sure to include your tracking code, such as Urchin or Google Analytics, before publishing.
- Make sure all your images have been saved for the web to reduce download time and have alt tags.
- Each page on your site should have a unique title and a <meta> tag with a unique description.
- Test and validate your web pages on various browsers and platforms, and use HTML and CSS testers; see Testing and Validation.
- Make sure your pages are accessible; see Accessibility and Usability.
<h3> Check the links to your home page </h3>
The Department of Long Nomenclature graphic, the breadcrumb link to "Home", and the Department of Long Nomenclature link in the left navigation on secondary pages are all set to link back to "index.html." Be sure to update these links as necessary to link back to your home page.
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When using the web templates, there are certain things that you should change or update to reflect your specific site and to follow best practices for website publishing.
- Change/update meta tags.
- Make sure you have "alt" description text for all images.
- Update the information for the print style sheet if using it (recommended). If you're not using a print style sheet, the reference to the style sheet and the print code in the templates can be removed.
- Make sure all your coding is XHTML; see Resources for links to XHTML tools.
- Test your code for HTML and CSS errors.
- Test your site on various platforms and browsers.
- Check the Template Versions page for any updates or fixes to the template code before launching your site.