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Applying ACU Standards

Audience

The following order represents the degree of effort that should be made to deploy the ACU Standards on a site.

  1. Public facing sites
  2. Current student orientated sites
  3. Staff orientated sites
  4. Also consider the likely popularity of the site. For example, a site used by all ACU staff may be more important to comprehensively customise than a rarely used student site.
  5. Finally, consider the appropriateness of the design to the site purpose (e.g. large 'promo panels' components may not suit a site full of lengthy or technical information).

Technical feasibility

How difficult is it to implement the ACU Standards and to what degree?

  1. Does ACU have access to the appropriate stylesheet and html files? If so contact Digital Requests to help customise the design.
  2. If not, would this require a customisation on the part of the vendor and are there funds to pay for this customisation?
  3. To what extent could ACU customise the site design via the site’s admin panel, e.g. colours only?

Levels of application (comprehensiveness)

The following is an indication of the level of comprehensiveness to which the ACU Standards may be applied based on the above criteria.

Comprehensive

The site uses all the elements outlined by these Standards:

  1. Foundation elements including the $purple--100 backdrop shell and header / footer for all pages.
  2. Site-wide navigation menu (header and footer) may re-use the same global menu of ACU's main site for the relevant primary audience if appropriate to do so, e.g. the site should be consider as a section of one of the main menu topics on the public ACU site, Student portal or staff site. This will achieve a more integrated user experience.
  3. User interface components for the content column of the site.
Comprehensive example

Moderately comprehensive

The site uses many of the elements outlined by these Standards:

  1. Foundation elements which may include the $purple--100 backdrop shell and header / footer for all pages.
  2. Navigation may be site specific instead of integrated with one of ACU's main websites (e.g. public, student or staff sites).
  3. User interface components used in the content column of the site.

Less comprehensive

The site uses a few the elements outlined by these Standards, either from:

  1. Foundation elements.
  2. User interface components for the content column of the site.

Minimal

  1. The ACU logo and colours.