Markup and Validation

Mark up web pages using valid, structural HTML or XHTML to the greatest extent possible. Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control presentation of the page whenever possible. Table based layouts should be avoided. Deprecated (outdated) markup, such as the <font> and <b> elements, and HTML "hacks" such as invisible spacer images, should not be used. 

We encourage web developers to validate their code to ensure compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) recommendations and the university's Web Accessibility policy (PDF). Free validators are available here:


Web pages should be accessible to people with disabilities. From a web developer's point of view, this means making technology and design choices that are compatible with the way people with disabilities access information on the web. The recommendations in this document can help you get started with web accessibility.

Browser Support

The University templates are all compatible with, and we recommended that your website support the following browsers. For the best overall web browsing experience, it is suggested that you always use the most recent version of your favorite browser:


  • Internet Explorer 7.x and up
  • Firefox 4 and up
  • Chrome

Mac OS

  • Firefox 4 and up
  • Safari 4 and up  
  • Chrome