Department Name In This Space
Page Name - City of Houston Online Style Guide
There are 14 editable areas on each page. Text is justified left, 10pt Arial. The two primary .css files used are below:
- Use ALT Tags for graphics
- The basic reason for ALT Tags is to describe a graphic for webpage visitors who are blind or have a significant visual impairment. When someone utilizes a reading device such as JAWS, we want them to be able to identify graphics on our pages.
- Do not use click here as a text link. Use descriptive wording, as "click here" is ADA-unfriendly
- The basic reason that “click here” should not be used is that when someone utilizes a reading device such as JAWS because they are blind or have a significant visual impairment, they will simply hear the words “CLICK HERE” “CLICK HERE” instead of being directed to the reference site. So what most experts recommend is that the full citation be listed instead of listing “click here”.
- Use black text (#000000) instead of shades of gray
- The basic reason for fully black text is for the greatest ease of reading ability for those with visual impairments. Lighter grays make it more difficult for our website visitors to read our pages
PURCHASING DOT-ORG and DOT-GOV URLs
The City has an account with www.godaddy.com where we have purchased dot-org URLs for more than ten years. IT Department pays for the URLs and "forwards" to a page beginning with www.houstontx.gov.
The URL standard is www.houston[something].org. Derivation from this standard and from forwarding must be approved by the Mayor's Office of Communications.
Dot-gov URLs are owned by the federal government. For the local level, they are only available to us as City Name followed by two letter state postal code. The only available exceptions to dot-gov at local and state level are green and ready in front of the city and the two letter postal code for the state. We have already done this with www.greenhoustontx.gov and www.readyhoustontx.gov.
WEBSITE EXCEPTIONS CRITERIA
City of Houston divisions and initiatives seeking exceptions to the modernized and standardized format of the www.houstontx.gov website must complete this Website Exception Checklist Form (.doc).
Those wishing to be exempted must meet four or more of six checklist items. Meeting the criteria does not necessarily guarantee exemption.
This completed form is to be routed through the HITS Enterprise Applications Support Division, and final approval remains via the authority of either the mayor or mayor’s communications director.
Find complementary and analogous colors at http://www.color-hex.com.
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Social Media and Other Icons
These are all 50px x 50px, and border class is homeimagegraytwo.
Use the ALT Tags as they appear in the graphics above. If you use the 3-1-1 and/or CitizensNet graphics on your site, which is not required, use the links that go with the above graphics.