Standard on Web Usability Released

The Standard on Web Usability and Federal Identity Program technical specifications came into effect on . This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1, and II of the Financial Administration Act.

The Standard on Web Usability is accompanied by a guidance document to facilitate implementation by . The supporting guidance provides useful direction to senior departmental officials, who are responsible for supporting deputy heads in adhering to the requirements of the Standard on Web Usability.

The implementation period is aligned with the implementation period for the Standard on Web Accessibility.

The Standard on Web Usability in conjunction with technical specifications mandate a basic structure for Web page layout, design, and the visual elements and identifiers (including the Canada Wordmark) across all Government of Canada websites.

In preparation for the implementation of both these standards, departments should continue reviewing their websites to ensure that content is up-to-date and is effectively targeted to audience needs. Consideration should be given to archiving Web content that is no longer relevant and consolidating websites where possible.

By applying the Standard on Web Usability, the Government will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of government websites.

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