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IHS.gov Web Template Standard

Standard:

All IHS.gov websites will utilize the standard IHS.gov template

Requirements:

The IHS.gov Web template(s) are kept by the IHS Web Services Team and must be used for all IHS.gov websites.

  • A Sans-serif font must be used for all sites and be consistent through the site.
  • Standard header is present. This is a ColdFusion include which cannot be modified
  • Standard footer is present. This is a ColdFusion include which cannot be modified
  • The left navigation bar is required for site navigation
    • Links must be text, not images.
    • Color contrast between the left navigation and navigation links must be sufficient.
    • Second level navigation links must be obvious by their indentation in the left navigation.
  • Breadcrum is present and accurately reflecting which section of IHS.gov the site is linked from
  • Website is located at the root folder giving it a site name of www.ihs.gov/sitename
  • Some variation of a "Contact Us" link or page must be present on all pages

Justification and Reasoning:

This standard ensures consistency across all of IHS.gov and allows visitors to easily locate and identify the navigation bar, header & footer, search box and other standard elements of IHS.gov. Additionally, use of the standard template allows for seamless modifications to the elements which it contains. If Web Services makes a change the template files, all IHS.gov websites will change.

Exemptions:

Case-by-case formal requests will be considered. Justification must be provided.