Web Guidelines For Departments


To have work created for your web pages, please contact the Web Team and projects will be completed on a priority need basis.

Please use Webservices@kbcc.cuny.edu for requesting updates, changes or addressing issues related to the KCC Web Site. Any communications that previously were sent specifically  to Dr. Orit Hirsh or Ms. Irina Sivatskaya should now be sent to Web Services (webservices@kbcc.cuny.edu). All Web Services personnel will receive this email and respond the same day or next day depending on the urgency of the support request. The main number to request support from Web Services is 6900.

World Wide Web Consortium

Text files used to develop web pages may be attached to an email, or submitted on disk. Microsoft Office is the preferred word processing software. Original photos will be returned - however, if you want to scan them, they should be scanned at 72 dpi and saved in .jpg format.


KCC Website General Graphic Guidelines
Home Page ............................ W 600 x L 400 pixels
All Subsequent Pages ............ W 600 x L Determined by Amount of Text (scrollable)
HTML Text .............................. Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
General Background
White ................ RGB 255 / 209 / 40 ; Hex FFFFFF
All Flat Color Representations
Buttons, borders, grid, backgrounds, etc. (only exceptions are featured
photos and pictures):
Use only the Kingsborough Community College logo colors!
Yellow ................ RGB 255 / 209 / 40
Blue ................. RGB 8 / 31 / 91
All HTML Text
Headlines and highlighted text:
Use only the Kingsborough Community College logo colors!
Yellow ................ Hex FFCC33
Blue ................. Hex 000066
Regular HTML Text
Black ................... Hex 000000

Never use underlining except for links (can be confused with a link.)
Italics should be used sparingly if at all because it is difficult to read. To emphasis, it is better to use bold.
Avoid using boldface or all caps for long pieces of text
In body text, use black text on a white background whenever possible to optimal legibility.
Always spell check your files.
Content - responsibility of the department. Timed information must be maintained to provide most current, up-to-date information.
Be sure to check your work in both Netscape and Internet Explorer. Some of the special effects only work in one and not the other (i.e. blinking, scrolling, etc.).
Frame Development - contact Web Team for recommendations.

Name the first web page in all folders "index".
The file extension is .html (index.html)
NEVER use capital letters in naming files or spacing.

If coding in hard code, close all your tags. (e.g.. <td> contents </td)

Requests for graphic development may be made to Web Team. 
ALL images are to be stored in an images folder within your folder on the webserver. If many images are used, consider creating a filing system inside your images folder. 
Photos larger than 300 pixels wide should be resized using graphic software. Recommend large photos be resized to 250 pixel width but not greater than 300 pixels. Note: If larger images are required, recommend that you warn the visitor or create a thumbnail image and link to the bigger image . 
Photos are to be saved in .jpg format. 
Images are to be saved in .gif format. 
DO NOT use any images saved as .tiff or .bmp (these are too large and create slow downloads). 
Images - must have alternate text . 
Original photos will be returned - however, if you want to scan them, they should be scanned at 72 dpi and saved in .jpg format

Meta tags are used to store information usually relevant to browsers and search engines.For example, some search engines look to meta tags for descriptions, keywords, etc.
It is therefore important to include keyword and description metatags with every page.
They should include some general terms that descrope your entire web site and some that refer to the specific page.
Meta tags belong in the head section of a page and each meta tag contains two elements or properties; (1) its name, (2) its content.

<meta name="keywords" content="keyword one, keyword two, etc">


The 'description' meta tag
<meta name="description" content="This is the Kingsborough Community College Web Site.."> 

Should copyright notices be posted on campus websites?

Karen Eft, IST-AVCO

Although a notice is not legally required to assert copyright on works published on and after March 1, 1989, displaying a copyright notice on websites is still a very good idea. A notice clarifies who owns the work, emphasizes that the owner asserts copyright, and encourages contact by those who wish to use the material. If any legal disputes arise, a posted notice may help defend against claims of "innocent infringement".

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)  website states that "All software, publications, multimedia, and other copyrighted works developed on campus and belonging to the University should bear a clear, standard copyright notice imbedded in the title page or screen or other prominent location."

Ownership of copyrighted works created at the University is determined by the 1992 Policy on Copyright Ownership, which "provides copyright ownership to faculty for their scholarly and aesthetic copyrighted works, and provides the University ownership of its employment-related works." (Additional clarification is included on the OTT Copyright Matters website.)

According to the U.S. Copyright Office a copyright notice should contain all of the following three elements: 

  • the symbol (the letter C in a circle), or the word "Copyright", or the abbreviation "Copr.";
  • the year of first publication of the work; and
  • the name of the owner of copyright in the work, or an abbreviation by which the name can be recognized, or a generally known alternative designation of the owner.