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Standards and Policies

Standards and Policies help web managers meet federal requirements and follow best practices to make websites more citizen-centered.

Standards IconWeb Standards

VA web standards contain best practices for content, design, and usability.  Standards create a consistent experience across all VA websites.  More

Policies IconWeb Policies

VA web policies outline how departmental websites must meet federal requirements.  Policies apply to all VA websites.  More

Accessibility IconAccessibility

Section 508 requires that all website content be accessible to people with disabilities.  This applies to web applications, web pages and all attached files on websites.  More

Usability IconUsability

VA usability guidelines reflect best practices that ensure sites are easy to use.  These are not to be confused with accessibility (Section 508) requirements.  More

Media IconVideo, Audio, and Multimedia

Content authors must contact their Web Communications Office (WCO) during the planning phase (or as soon as possible) to provide basic information about the product.  The WCO will work with you on agency and federal requirements, and cross-promotion on VA websites.  More

Blogs/Social IconBlogs and Social Media

Blogs must fit the mission of VA and be relevant to current issues/events at VA as determined by appropriate VA management officials.  More

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