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Front End Design Style Guide

Front End Technical Benchmark

This section defines the target delivery platform for the enterprise architecture website project. Its purpose is to ensure present and future compliance within the standards framework, as well as compliance with federal accessibility standards when and where possible. The intent of the standard is to ensure compatibility with current accepted industry standards, rather than compatibility with now obsolete rules.

Due to the rapid proliferation of browsers, the vast number of releases currently available for each browser, and the wide range of platforms upon which those browsers reside, it is difficult to definitely prove that a web page works with all browsers on all platforms, and under all circumstances, while still being easily maintained for the future. Consequently rather than explicitly choosing a specific target browser and version, Sapient recommends adherence to the standards for compliant web design as set forth by the Web’s governing body, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). By adhering to these standards, newer browsers will present a more streamlined and robust implementation strategy for front-end technologies, but older browsers will still receive a functional and usable interface. The summary of our recommended front-end technologies is as follows:

Browser Support

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0+
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.0+
  • Macintosh Safari 1.2+

Benchmark Profile

  • HTML: XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • Cascading Style Sheets: CSS 2.1
  • JavaScript: JavaScript 1.3
  • Base Screen Resolution: 800 x 600 pixels
  • Screen Colors: 16-bit color palette
  • Connectivity: 56k modem or better.

For more detailed analysis of our recommendations, please read the following sections:

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Last Updated: 2005.04.25