The material on these pages is designed to make you aware of various
issues that have arisen in the context of projects achieving compliance
with the Technical Standards and Guidelines. Whilst they may not be introduced
by a specific frequently asked question, they represent the advice offered
with regard to a variety of compliance issues.
Compliance Corner Contents
- DOCTYPE declaration
DOCTYPE declarations are needed to ensure that browsers pointed at each (X)HTML
page correctly interpret the mark-up it contains, i.e. the 'flavour' of HTML
or XHTML being used. Without a DOCTYPE declaration, your pages may not be
correctly displayed by a sufficiently wide range of browsers.
- Character encoding
Browsers need to know your pages' character encoding (or "charset") in order
to display correctly the characters used in its content. Without the correct
character encoding a browser may not manage the conversion into the correct
characters for your pages.
As part of the Standards compliance testing procedures, your project is tested
for compliance with the W3C Web Access Initiative (WAI) recommendations. The
aim of the WAI is to set standards which should ensure a high degree of accessibility
to your website for users with disabilities.
- Migration Strategy
A migration strategy is the plan by which you would hope to render your material
more accessible by offering a more open format where necessary. Portable Document
Format (PDF) is a proprietary format which raises issues in this context.
- Testing Your Webpages
There are numerous services available to help you investigate whether your
website is meeting both NOF-digi and international standards on accessibility
- Server Logs :
Projects are required to have access to the server logfiles for their website
and ensure that are used to provide reports to NOF on the usage of the website.
This section covers what server logs are and do as well as how you can ensure
you are in compliance.
- Preservation Strategy:
Projects that are digitising content must show that they are considering preservation
as an integral part of their digitisation process. Projects should return
details of their preservation strategy. This section gives guidance on what
details need to be returned and advice on producing a preservation strategy.
- Security Standards:
This section looks at the aspects of security standards that are a minimum
requirement for the security of any project website. It provides guidance
on suitable and essential measures to safeguard data and the integrity of
is compatible with accessibility requirements, with older or more esoteric Web clients and with the NOF-digi technical standards.