Site Requirements and Recommendations

All official St. Olaf web pages (i.e., those which are intended as official public information about academic and administrative departments, offices and other divisions of the college, and excluding personal home pages and student organization pages) must adhere to the following requirements. By using the Dreamweaver templates, your site will automatically meet all requirements.

Official St. Olaf Web Site Department Headers
Each official web site must have a "banner" created to match the the St. Olaf site design. You can create your banner online by visiting the Web System Tools.

Your banner is automatically included on your pages when you use the Dreamweaver templates

Official St. Olaf Web Site Footer and College Identification
Every official St. Olaf web site must include clear identification of St. Olaf College. This can be accomplished by including the college's standard web site "footer" at the bottom of each of your pages:

By using the Dreamweaver templates, the footer is already included on your pages.

Official St. Olaf web sites should use the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) developed by members of the St. Olaf web team. Applying a stylesheet to each page of your web site will give the site a consistent look and feel in typeface and color. The college stylesheets are already included with the standard Dreamweaver templates.

Navigation/Menu of Links/Link Integrity
On all pages of your web site, links to the main areas of your site must be included on the left-hand side. All links throughout your site must function. As content on the web is ever-changing, so are pages to which you might link. Check your links at least once a month to ensure that they function and lead to the page you desire. If you are linking to an external web site (i.e., a site other than the St. Olaf College web site), it is recommended that the link open in a new browser window.

Departmental Contact Information
Department contact information should be included on most (if not all) of your web site's pages, including department name, street address, phone, fax and e-mail contact.

As an academic institution, St. Olaf requires that college web pages be free of spelling errors. For questions about college style (capitalization, punctuation, etc.), review "Style Matters" on the Communications/Marketing web site. Copyediting assistance is also available.

Content Accuracy
It is important that the content of your web site is up-to-date and accurate. Please check with the appropriate office regarding all facts and figures on your web site. It is also advised that you review content on your site at least monthly and update as necessary. If you need assistance updating your web site, please contact


Accessibility, Usability and Browser compatibility
Official pages should be viewable and usable by the broadest range of platforms, browsers, and equipment. Official pages should be viewable with at least the following browsers: Netscape 4.x and higher; Firefox 1.5 and higher; Internet Explorer 5.x and higher; Safari (Mac only) and AOL. It is recommended that you use both Internet Explorer and Firefox on PC and Firefox and Safari on Macintosh to ensure that your pages may be viewed consistently by the greatest number of users. You may also wish to consider what your site may be viewed like using other browsers such as Opera or WebTV.

Page width
All official pages should be fully viewable on a 800x600 pixel screen without horizontal scrolling. Practically, this means that defined table widths or combined widths of images should not exceed 780 pixels.

Alternate text
To facilitate use by text-only browsers, every image should be accompanied by an ALT tag with descriptive text explaining the image. Spacing gifs, bullets, and other incidental images should use an empty ALT tag (ALT="").

All images should specify HEIGHT and WIDTH to facilitate efficient page download.