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Our Brand: How to Convey It
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Our Brand: How to Convey It.

 


Web Templates

Testing and validation

University of Minnesota web templates pass HTML and CSS validation and work on all browsers and platform.

Test and validate

When you add code to the templates, you must test them to make sure they still validate and work on various browsers and platforms.

Browser and platform testing and support

The templates have been tested using Yahoo's list of A-grade browsers as a baseline.

U browser and platform traffic

Below are the top browser and platform combinations hitting the University's home page in September 2012. The arrows indicate an upward or downward trend in browser use since fall 2010. No arrow indicates the statistic is new or hasn't significantly changed.

Browser and Platform

Percent of visitors

IE - Windows

25%

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  Of that 25%:

IE 6.0

0.5%

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IE 7.0

8%

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IE 8.0

51%

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IE 9.0

40%

 

Safari - Mac

23%

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Firefox - Windows

19%

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Chrome - Windows

16%

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Firefox - Mac

5%

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Safari - iOS

5%

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Chrome - Mac

4%

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Android Browser - Android

1%

 

Firefox - Linux

0.3%

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Safari - Windows

0.3%

 

Mobile Devices

The first table below shows the Mobile Devices coming in to the U's home page in September 2012. The second table shows the top screen resolutions of mobile devices coming to the U homepage in September 2012.

Device

Percent of mobile visitors

iPhone

39%

iPad

33%

iPod Touch

4%

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

3.5%

Samsung Galaxy S

1%


Screen Resolution

Percent of mobile visitors

320x480*

43%

768x1024

33%

720x1280

2.6%

480x800

2.3%

540x960

2%

*All iPhone versions are recorded with a screen resolution of 320x480, however, newer iPhone versions have larger screen resolutions.

Test the bare HTML

Try loading your site with bare HTML: no styles, no scripts. Are menu options available? Does primary content precede secondary content? Is the site usable, even if ugly?

Text-to-speech readers

JAWS is a text-to-speech reader for Internet Explorer on Windows. JAWS is available to students, staff, and faculty in adaptive technology labs throughout campus. Contact the Computer Accommodations Program for more information on text-to-speech readers.

Validation of XHTML and CSS

Be sure to check all of your website’s pages for validation XHTML and CSS.

The CSS files available with the templates have been validated with the W3C CSS validator at http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/. When validated the template CSS shows one error, caused by the .htc file used for the rollovers in the horizontal navigation. If you’re not using horizontal navigation, the link to this style sheet can be removed. You will need the unit footer styles from the optional.css, however, if you’re using a unit footer.

The XHTML pages have been validated with the W3C XHTML validator at http://validator.w3.org/ as valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional.

download directory

All downloads available on the Our Brand site, all in one convenient location.

Go to downloads.