Standards

Web Standards

Required Sections

  • There are certain sections required in any site developed for state government. Below you will find common practices in web development.

    • HTML Titles. It is essential that all web pages have an appropriate title as a descriptor of the page.
      • Example: <title>South Dakota Home Page<title>
      • Each page must have a unique title as this is not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for search engines to find your site, to distinguish it from other pages, and for the search engine to give the web page a high ranking.

    • Every page needs to have a link back to the application homepage. It is recommended for this link to be in the top of the page, usually close to the banner, or the banner itself. Most web users associate the banner image as the link back to the homepage.

    • A search box. The State of South Dakota uses a customized search engine system that allows you to place a search box on a site that will allow searching the content only of the desired sites. Please contact your BIT Point of Contact for more information about the search engine feature. The State of South Dakota must provide and have control over the search feature.

    • A section called “Contact”, “Contact Us”, or “Feedback”. Users need to be able to contact the state agency or program at any time. On this page, different types of contact should be listed such as physical and mailing addresses, telephone numbers and emails, as appropriate.

    • A link to the State Homepage. A link to the official State of South Dakota homepage at http://sd.gov/.

Please contact your BIT Point of Contact for more information about the search engine feature.



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