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Web Guides


A living style guide that provides examples of styles in use for reference by content creators and developers.


This guide helps writers create easy-to-understand content that meets people where they are. We want content managers to use this guide to plan, write and manage web content to align with our university's online voice and goals.

Content Resources

We adapted this guide from the direction of external content guides and literature. Feel free to visit their guides for additional information when shaping your web page.


South Dakota State University’s vision, built on the foundation of the land-grant mission, underscores and assures accessibility of education to a dynamic society. Website accessibility serves as a vital supplement to the larger mission and State strives to meet or exceed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Accessibility means people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, interact with and contribute to the web in a proportionate and similar capacity as all users. Our public web accessibility guide is a single branch of the university’s overall digital accessibility, which includes access to digital learning platforms, textbooks, reading devices, clickers and all related instructional design technologies. This guide discusses web accessibility standards and practices only related to the public website domain content.

The University Marketing and Communications (UMC) web team, which administers and manages the website, migrated all public website content from CommonSpot content management system (CMS) to the Drupal CMS in August 2016, based partly on Drupal’s commitment to accessibility.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we provide access to public website content in alternate formats upon request. If you find accessing content of this site difficult, please email websupport.

Accessibility Resources