A website header area is one of the most valuable areas of our website. It runs across the top of the page and appears on every page of our website. The header contains a tracking code, enabling us to provide visitor statistic for our web terrain.
Given that the header and footer is one of the most valuable areas on our web pages the criteria for exemption is documented below:
Current exemptions can be found within our exemption log
When not signed in, the main Open University header looks like this:
The links in the header are used to direct to highlight our Information Architecture (IA) and to move visitors onward in their journey.
Public websites are mapped to the following content areas:
For more information about the public IA, read the Public Global IA principles (.pdf internal only).
Additionally we direct visitors to two formally agreed destinations
Our footer is used to promote University wide links which include mandatory links e.g. Modern Slavery, Copyright but also useful links e.g jobs or contact the OU.
Our footer looks like this:
With approved exemption there are a few variants of The Open University header, we have documented these in the next section.