The Future of the Web Design Standards in the United States


The standards that were governing the web design in the United States were made public last September through the joint effort of U.S. Digital Service and 18F. There is no official announcement from the federal agencies that everyone must comply to the standards yet but it was quite evident that some of the websites that are gaining popularity in the country already did. As a consequence, the team is now requesting for any suggestions and feedbacks regarding the standards set in order to make sure that both agency and user are served better.

Inside the guide are mostly comprised of original styles and components needed for the interface that were made using 508 features that are compliant to the standard, open sourced and mobile compatible at the same time. The goal of these features is to be able to give federal agencies more options when it comes to making websites that are not just customizable but also consistent to make sure that citizen services are better served in their online needs.

According to the leader of the project and product design, Mollie Ruskin of USDS, in a statement that was released during the last webcast held by USDS and 18F, the team was thinking of ways to give government sites more consistency as well as an easier site to navigate for the staff’s and citizens’ benefit. Thus the team has devised different ways in order to save more time while giving a more consistent product.

Style libraries were then created by the team by inspecting every full designs, codes, colors, patterns, fonts, and usability factors for the efficient components that can be deduced from a list of sector sites – both public and private. To know more about implementation factors and ideal tools that can be used by the team, there were system reviews gathered, interviews conducted and rankings done.

The result is composed of a greatly improved HTML and a modular CSS – either can be applied in entirety or just some selected parts. Agencies are authorized to make use of the standards as well as permitted to make use of and download other usual website interaction tools such as web forms, buttons and tables. They can also alter some of the features to change a website’s typography and color pallets. Standards can also be applied by web designers such as