Building

Testing your web site to make sure it is ready for the Web

  • All new and redesigned Cal Poly Web sites must comply with minimum best practices for XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0. Validate the code of your web pages (SHTML and CSS) using the validators for these technologies:
  • Ensure that your web site is Section 508 compliant and meets best practices standards for Web Accessibility by using the Compliance Process Guide in our Web Accessibility section.
  • Ensure that electronic documents linked from your web pages (e.g. Microsoft Office documents and PDFs) are accessible. See the Electronic Documents sub-section on the Accessibility web site.
  • Additional checks can be performed using the JAWS screen reading technology which is commonly used by persons with visual disabilities. Assistance with obtaining a JAWS demonstration and using JAWS to test your pages can be obtained through the Disability Resource Center on campus. It is highly recommended that developers of official campus websites utilize this service.
  • Ensure that your site complies with the minimum identity and communications standards for Cal Poly Web pages.
  • Test your documents on a couple of different platforms (Mac and PC are the most common, though UNIX platforms are also common at Cal Poly). Each system's video settings will be set to display different from yours. Some platforms run slower than others. Check your presentation effect in various environments.
  • Test the site on different web browsers to make certain that text, images, and layouts are correctly displayed. Some browsers are more tolerant of syntactic errors than others.
  • Have another user test your documents.
  • Test all links to be sure that they are valid. See the Link Maintenance section for information on link checking tools and processes.