Web Services

Web Standards Guide

Welcome to the University Web Standards Guide, a compilation of resources designed to enable creativity on the web while maintaining consistency in brand and user experience. For a more complete guide to communicating on behalf of the University, see the University Communicators Guide.

Most of these resources are is designed specifically for web content creators in Cascade, our central web content management system (WCMS). All campus web content creators who go through Cascade training agree to follow the guidelines in the Campus Web Site-Maintainers Agreement.

University Standards

  • Graphic Standards for Web Sites built within the WCMS adhere to these standards to ensure accessibility, visual consistency, and ease of use. Web Services will provide CSS files for official university web applications or non-WCMS and vendor
    websites upon request.
  • University Writing Style This guide will help you determine CSU, Chico's standards for punctuation, capitalization,  abbreviations, and much more. University style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. A printable University Style Cheatsheet (PDF) is also available.