U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

EERE Communication Standards & Guidelines

QA Checklist for Partnership Sites

This is the Quality Assurance (QA) Checklist for all EERE Web sites that are not in the standard EERE Web template. See the QA Checklists for other types of EERE Web sites on the QA Checklist page.

Section 508 Requirements

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Forms must be coded to be 508 compliant. More Information
Scripting on the site must be 508 compliant. More Information
Graphics and image maps must have alt text. More Information
Only client-side image maps are used.
Graphics must include sufficient contrast to meet 508 standards. More Information
Graphics should not flash in the range of 4 to 59 flashes per second. More Information
Multimedia must meet the requirements in the Multimedia QA Checklist. More Information
PDFs must either use native document tagging or the "Make Accessible" plug-in in Adobe Acrobat. More Information
Scanned PDFs have an HTML alternative.
Information conveyed with color must be available without color. More Information
Links to PDFs must follow the EERE PDF linking standards. More Information
Optimize PowerPoint files for Accessibility. More Information
Pages are still understandable with the style sheet turned off.
Include a way to skip repetitive navigation. More Information

Web Content Standards

All sites must be spell checked.
When linking off-site, you must tell your readers where the link goes. More Information
You must have written authorization from the copyright holder to display any content on your site that was not produced by the federal government. More Information
All Web sites must have a "Contacts" page. More Information
All webmasters must retain all e-mail inquiries for 3 years. More Information
All sites must have a "webmaster" link in the footer. More Information
All sites must link to the EERE Privacy Policy from the footer. If EERE's privacy policy is not appropriate, then you must include a link to the relevant agency's privacy policy. More Information

Web Technical Standards

All sites must work on a 1024 x 768 monitor resolution. More Information
All sites must work on all of the browsers in the EERE Testing Suite. More Information
All links on the site work.
The site cannot use persistent cookies unless otherwise approved. More Information
JavaScript includes and metadata for statistics must be included on each page. This is only required for sites included in EERE's stats package. More Information
HTML syntax must follow HTML 4.01 Transitional Standards or higher. More Information
Special characters must be encoded using character entity references. More Information
All HTML document syntax must be validated by the W3C's validator. More Information
File names must clearly describe the file's content. More Information
File names cannot contain uppercase letters, spaces, or special characters. More Information
Native Files must be linked to as per the EERE linking standards. More Information
If news, events, features, publications, or images are coded before the main content begins, a stopindex is placed around it. This is only required for sites indexed in EERE's search engine. More Information
All navigation that come before content, such as features and search boxes, must be surrounded by "Stopindex" Tags. This is only required for sites indexed in EERE's search engine. More Information
Web Applications must follow all of the Web application requirements. Partnership sites do not have to meet the "Branding" or "Navigation" requirements. More Information
Electronic newsletters must follow the standards for electronic newsletters. Electronic newsletters maintained by Partnership Sites do not have to be branded to EERE. More Information