Acceptable Use Policy


Web Standards and Guidelines

  1. Documents must conform to current HTML standards.

  2. The filename of the main page of your website should be "index.htm" or "index.html"

  3. All file names should be in lowercase letters and end with either .htm or .html.

  4. MacIntosh files containing more than one decimal dot in the filename, (e.g., macgraphic.more.gif) should be uploaded containing only one decimal dot in the filename (e.g., macgraphic-more.gif).

  5. Some of the advanced features available through the Netscape browser are not available and sometimes not compatible with other browsers. Several examples of Netscape-specific commands include tables, background graphics, and text flowing around graphics. Documents designed to take advantage of these features may not display as anticipated with other browsers. Also, be aware that non-standard HTML commands may need to be rewritten when HTML 3.0 standards are issued. It is the responsibility of the document author to update the HTML codes. Refer to Composing Good HTML for useful hints and tips. Also refer to HTML Tips for help on writing/creating HTML documents.

  6. Forms, client-side imagemaps, and server-side includes, and script files are not permitted.

  7. DO NOT use absolute URLs; use relative URLs within your documents.   Relative addressing gives directions as to where the document is located relative to your current position in the directory. Whereas absolute addressing gives the whole address of a document in order to find it.
    To address a link in the document which is:
    • in the same directory:   *.html    (e.g., <A HREF="page2.html">PAGE 2</A>)
    • down one level:   current directory name/*.html    (e.g., <A HREF="doc/page2.html">Page 2</A>)
    • up one level:   ../*.html    (e.g., <A HREF="../page2.html">Page 2</A>)
    • up two levels:   ../../*.html    (e.g., <A HREF="../../page2.html">Page 2</A>)
    • in a sibling directory, up, down, sib.directory:   ../(SibDirName)/*.html

  8. Spell check your document(s).

  9. Check all links or anchors to make sure that they are functional

  10. Avoid using "click here". All browsers do not use pointing devices; this may cause unnecessary ambiguity.

  11. Concentrate on content. All material should be in good taste and of professional quality

  12. Use graphics sparingly. Create a theme and follow through for at least a page. Remember that a lot of people are using slow modem links and excessive graphics or large, digitized photographs can be quite slow to display. In the same vein of thought, most 256-color gifs can be down-graded to a 16-color gif with no loss in integrity; computer-generated graphics down-grade well, digitized photographs do not. To use in your pages, reference the graphics as shown below.
     <IMG SRC="/gifs/small-gifs/train.gif" ALT="train Line">

  13. Include a MAILTO command as well as your Internet Address at the end of your home page so that users may contact you directly about further information. Not all browsers support MAILTO so including your Internet Address ensures that everyone can contact you.
    For example:
    Send Comments to someone@fldoe.org
    translates to:
     <A HREF="MAILTO:someone@fldoe.org">Send Comments to someone@fldoe.org</A>

  14. Include the last revision date.