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Web - General

 

Web - General

What is an official web page?

Official web pages/publications are those web pages/publications on University web servers that have been created by the University, its campuses, colleges, schools, departments or other administrative offices, for University business.

Official web pages/publications DO NOT include, among others, web pages/publications created by individual faculty, staff, students or student organizations.

Official web pages/publications shall contain the statement, "This is an Official Page/Publication of the University of Massachusetts__________________ (Campus, unit name - e.g., Amherst Campus English Department) and must meet University guidelines for design and content." The word "Official" in the statement above will link to a page containing the following disclaimer: As a service and for informational purposes only, the University may provide listings of and/or links to web pages/publications maintained by University faculty, staff, students, student organizations, non-university organizations and others. The university is not responsible for and does not monitor the content or administration of these pages. These pages and their content, including but not limited to factual statements and opinions, are the sole responsibility of their creators and do not represent, explicitly or implicitly, positions, policies or opinions of the University of Massachusetts.

Additionally, the campus designation in the statement above (e.g., Amherst Campus) will link to the appropriate Campus' primary homepage.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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What is html?

HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is code used to create Web pages/publications. These codes tell web browsers how to display the text (e.g., titles, headings, lists, etc.), link to other documents, and control character formatting (e.g., bold, italic, etc.)

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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What is a browser or internet browser?

Browsers or Web Browsers are software programs that display Internet based information as defined by HTML.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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Why can't I create a web page the way I would like to without restriction?

Because the quality and accuracy of information published by the University (and on University Web servers) directly affects its reputation and image it is essential that such information follow minimal guidelines of content and structure. It is also essential that information published electronically is consistent with the same high standards as other forms of published information (e.g., print, audiovisual, etc.). The official web page/publication design and content guidelines have been developed to provide an overall standard design for official pages/publications while also providing for the individualization of campuses, departments, and other University related organizations (e.g., official committees or task forces, major service units, etc.). These guidelines in no way intend to limit these area's ability to produce their own material.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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Does the University monitor unofficial web pages?

As a service and for informational purposes only, the University may provide listings of and/or links to web pages/publications maintained by University faculty, staff, students, student organizations, non-university organizations and others (i.e., unofficial web pages). The University is not responsible for and does not monitor the content or administration of these pages. These pages and their content, including but not limited to factual statements and opinions, are the sole responsibility of their creators and do not represent, explicitly or implicitly, positions, policies or opinions of the University of Massachusetts.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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What web pages do the University Data and Computing Standards apply to?

The Data and Computing Standards apply to all web pages/publications or applications/databases contained on any University web site/server, and any communications accomplished through the use of the Internet.

The Data and Computing Standards supersede conflicting guidelines or procedures developed for individual web sites/servers.   These Standards work in conjunction with the University Data/System Administrator Responsibilities and System Requirements.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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Can the University remove a web page from a University owned server/web site?

The University reserves the right to remove from University web sites/servers any web page/publication which violates or contains material in violation of University policy, Campus procedures or the laws and regulations of the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or any other political division of competent jurisdiction.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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What are cookies, and how do they work?

A cookie is a small bit of information that a web site stores on your computer. When you revisit the web site, your browser sends the information back to the site. Usually a cookie is designed to remember and tell a web site some useful information about you.

For example, an online bookstore might use a cookie to record the authors and titles of books you have ordered. When you return to the online bookstore, your browser lets the bookstore's site read the cookie. The site might then compile a list of books by the same authors, or books on related topics, and show you that list.

This activity is invisible to you. Unless you have set your preferences so that you will be alerted when a cookie is being stored on your computer, you won't know about it. When you return to a web site, you won't know that a cookie is being read. From your point of view, in the example above, you'd simply visit the online bookstore, and a list of books that might be of interest to you would magically appear.

Date Revised : 2003-06-05

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How do I know if I am on a "secure" web page?

Before you give personal information to a web site verify that the page is secure. A secure site should have one of the following: A closed padlock which can be found in the lower left corner of Netscape 4.0 or greater and in the right corner for Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater. An "s" added to the familiar "http" (making it https)

Date Revised : 2003-06-05

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What is a link on a web page?

Link refers to a one-way connection from one web page/publication to another web page/publication. A link may be a "link to" or "link from" one web page/publication to another.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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What is an unofficial University web page?

All web pages/publications that are not official web pages/publications are Unofficial web pages/publications. These usually include web pages/publications maintained by University faculty, staff, students, student organizations, non-university organizations and others for non-University business purposes.

Policy Referenced : Data and Computing Standard (PDF)

Date Revised : 2006-03-29

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