Adherence to web standards helps ensure better interoperability and compatibility between web applications and services. Furthermore, web standards increase efficiency by reducing conversion and update time, particularly when moving data between various systems. Web Services always encourages and supports web standards in the websites and applications at Appalachian State University.
Appalachian is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to provide access to its programs and services to all qualified individuals.
A new website/web interface or a website with substantial revisions, whether internally or externally developed, must pass a website review before going live. This review will determine adherence to the content, standards set forth in this policy, and validation of HTML/XHTML markup and CSS. The reviews are conducted under the auspices of the Website Review Subcommittee of the Web Council. The Website Review Team (appointed by the Website Review Subcommittee) will consist of three members from the Web Administrative Group and three members from the Web Council, and representatives from the site sponsor. The website review process and checklist of items required for compliance are maintained by the Website Review Subcommittee, chaired by the University Webmaster.