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Re: Central resource page vs instance specific links to doc readers


From: Webb, KerryA
Date: Feb 28, 2011 6:30PM

Richard wrote:
> All,
> I have had some discussions with this group long ago on this topic... And
> can't find any of it! So...
> By standard(s), for any document included in a website, there should be a
> link to appropriate readers or resources to allow visitors to be able to
> render/view the document. The most obvious example are PDF documents
> (others might include Word. Excel or QuickTime files). A strict
> interpretation of the standards would have links for the appropriate
> rendering/reading tool(s) appear on each page where the files occur.
> Perhaps even associated with each file. However, my preference would be to
> have a general website resources page available from a link on all pages
> that provides this information. This makes content maintenance easier for
> random editors using a Web CMS, saves on screen real estate and provides a
> central location on the site where new document readers can be added (or
> provide updated links to those already listed).
> Examples:
> The HUD site http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD has a resource
> link in the footer http://www.hud.gov/assist/webpolicies.cfm
> Ohlone College http://www.ohlone.edu/ has a link to
> http://www.ohlone.edu/ in the footer
> USDA http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome has a footer link
> http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navtype=FT&;navid=ACCESSIBILIT
> NIH Office of Extramural Research http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm has
> a link to "Help Odwloading Files" http://grants.nih.gov/grants/edocs.htm
> So, I'm going to go with "this is an OK solution." Yes?
> ---------------------------------------

It's good practice to have such information, but is it a "standard"?

Kerry Webb
Manager, Policy Office
Shared Services | ACT Government

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