The new University templates are designed to meet a minimum of HTML 4.01 Transitional and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 2 standards and to be accessible according to W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Priority Level 2 requirements.
For homepages, it is advisable that full content should be viewable without scrolling (either vertically or horizontally) on a 800 x 600 monitor (you can test what your pages look like at different resolutions at www.echoecho.com). All pages should be fast to download (ideally homepages should be no larger than 60Kb including inline images) and cross-browser independent.
The key issues for maintainers designing for the University web site are to ensure that:
your pages work with a variety of browsers, screen sizes, colour displays and connection speeds.
you use standard HTML (not browser-specific) and your pages validate
you have not used technologies that interfere with a site's accessibility and usability
your site navigation gives users a sense of context and helps them quickly find the information they are seeking.
Find out how to make your web site compliant
Read more about:
Web standards: What they are - why bother? - how to fix invalid code.