Center for Archival Resources On Legislatures (CAROL)
Foundations: Web Standards
Access to collections and/or data is often provided via the Internet. Standards used to create web pages are continually evolving to allow for enhanced access and the ability to add additional features. Web designers must be aware of the changes to ensure access to the greatest number of people.
As 'best practices' in this area are continually changing, some resources to keep in mind include:
- Wikipedia: Web Standards, a general overview.
- List of standards from the Web Standards Project with description of why they are important
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has many resources:
The Minnesota NDIIPP project worked with the Sunlight Foundation on two projects, a Minnesota OpenGovernment webpage and the OpenStates mobile application. Sunlight assisted with creating a paper on methods for making legislative data easier to access from the perspective of the data user rather than creator. Sunlight also wrote a report on their activities addressing the use of standards.
- Options for Improving Access to Legislative Records white paper June 2009 (pdf)
- Sunlight's report November 2011 (pdf)
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February 15, 2012; links verified March 29, 2013.