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Web Standards

Creating a clear, consistent and coherent user experience.

OU Web Standards and Governance

This site contains information about all the standards and guidelines that must be followed when developing and delivering sites and services on The Open University's public, student and internal websites.

Web standards help The Open University manage its online brand and visual identity. By ensuring our sites adhere to our suite of technical and design standards we give our visitors a more consistent user experience, whilst at the same time reflecting our core values of openness and availability to all.

This site lists all of our current standards and explains how working groups and other internal teams are used to create and maintain them, and how to apply for an exemption to a standard. It also provides some relevant information for external agencies contracted to create web services for the OU.

Web standards are managed by the Digital Engagement team within the Communications Unit.

Note: If you are an OU staff member looking for information on the process to follow when creating a new website (completing a site brief, how to request a URL, how to publish your site, and so on) you need to refer to the internal Working Environment site.

Looking for the OU ICE site?

It has been moved. You can find it in its new location OUice.