Digital style guide

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

All digital education content (created / curated) must comply with the Disability Standards for Education. To achieve this, it must be discoverable and usable from the start by any learner to enable them actively participate on the same basis on the device of their choice. 

Creation / curation

  1. All content and systems must meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v2 (WCAG 2) Level AA to ensure that any learner can perceive, operate and understand irrespective of what accessibility preferences they have enabled on their device.
  2. Online content should be HTML5 + CSS3 compliant, requiring no additional plug ins. It should also be presented in responsive formats so that it can easily and logically reflow depending upon the device screen size and orientation.

File formats

  1. Audio formats should be in either .mp3 or .m4a format.
  2. Video formats should be in either .mp4 or .m4v format.
  3. Document formats should be in either ePUB, rtf, .docx, .xlsx and .pptx e
  4. Graphics and images formats should be in either .gif, .jpeg, .png or .svg formats.
  5. eBook formats should be in either EPUB or PDF format. EPUB is the preferred format. EPUB readers should be able to read EPUBv3 or higher.
  6. Browsers must be HTML5 + CSS3 compliant

Storage

  1. File and directory names Use lowercase alphanumeric characters, and underscore or hyphen for separation. Do not use the space character in filenames, nor ampersand (&) or any other special characters. Naming structures should be logical and consistent to improve discoverability.
  2. Draft / trial teacher created content can be saved on a shared cloud storage system (eg Google Drive, 365/OneDrive, iCloud) whilst final versions should be stored in Aurora’s digital repository / Equella Collection.
  3. Meta Tags should be used for all content as an additional means of improving discoverability. Minimum tags should relate to Year level, subject, concept.
  4. Adobe Connect Sessions should be saved and converted using tlogical and consistent naming structure YearGroup-Subject-Month-Day-Year
    e.g: 07-sci-01-30-14.
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