USI Design Layout
USI standard design layout was designed to facilitate consistent design standards for web page development. The Web Development Policy endorses the use of the standard layout. It provides a unified and professional USI web presence.
Web Design Layout
All web sites hosted on the USI web server adhere to the following naming protocol: http://www.usi.edu/foldername.
In certain circumstances it is necessary to acquire a unique or third party domain name. If that domain name will to point to a folder on the USI web server, it must be administered through Web Services.
Files and directories must use lowercase letters and there should be no spaces in the names. In order for the majority of web browsers to read pages and images, you must carefully name your pages and graphics. The names should be limited to eight characters, followed by a period, then a three or four character extension. For example: www.usi.edu/events/maps.asp - contained in the newsinfo directory, the actual name of the page is maps and the extension is asp.
All pages should include the following meta tag just below the <head> tag:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="pragma" CONTENT="nocache">
This code ensures that each time the page is visited, the most updated page will appear in the browser, not one that was cached by the browser in the past.
All written content on the USI web server follows the USI Editor's Manual published by News and Information Services.
Every web page should have a standard set of navigational links. The specific links will depend on your web site. Links to the major navigational areas of the University will be in the footer at the bottom of the page. The USI logo in the header and footer will navigate back to the USI homepage.
Each page must include these basic navigational options:
The University of Southern Indiana's name and logo, along with the name of the unit or department, should be integrated in the heading of a site's main page, second-tier page, and as frequently as possible within the site. The logo is the official identifier of the University and must be used within the guidelines set for web page use.
Questions about the use of the USI logo should be directed to Publishing Services. Downloadable official versions of the USI logo are available on the Publishing Services web site: USI Logo
Accessible web design accommodates visitors with learning and physical disabilities to access online material. USI is committed to providing access to all users.
Direct email links are a popular tool meant to give quick access to specific staff at the University. Unfortunately, providing email addresses and links on web pages has also become an easy way for spammers to “scrape” a site of email addresses.
Additionally, if users do not have an email program like Outlook installed in their computers, or are working in a computer lab, the “mailto:” links will not work.
Web Services has developed a contact form to circumvent these issues. It is linked within our universal header and programmed to recognize the last page visited. The contact form assumes the user wants to contact someone associated with that previous page, so it dynamically directs the comment to that person without displaying an email address. The contact form can also be set for individual recipients.
This first example (&d=1) is for usi.edu email:
Email: <a href="http://www.usi.edu/contact_new.asp?uid=username&d=1">User Name</a>
This second example (&d=2) is for usieagles.org and mail.usi.edu email:
Email: <a href="http://www.usi.edu/contact_new.asp?uid= username&d=2">User Name</a>