Common Look and Feel
The Government of Canada’s Common Look and Feel (CLF) Standards for the Internet governed the branding, usability & accessibility standards for its websites and web applications from 2000 - 2010. It comprised the following four parts, now rescinded:
- Part 1: Standard on Web Addresses- i.e. tbs-sct.gc.ca
- Part 2: Standard on the Accessibility, Interoperability and Usability of Web sites - coding practices for accessibility
- Part 3: Standard on Common Web Page Formats – to create a common look and feel of Web pages so that they could be easily identified as belonging to the Government of Canada
- Part 4: Standard on Email – for consistent identification of government employees
Government of Canada Web Standards
The Common Look and Feel (CLF) Standards for the Internet have been replaced with four Web Standards that incorporate current web practices such as WCAG 2.0, as well as designing for a plethora of devices, browsers and assistive technologies through which people navigate the Web.
- Standard on Web Accessibility (in effect: August 1, 2011)
- Standard on Web Usability (in effect: September 28, 2011)
- Standard on Web Interoperability (in effect: July 1, 2012)
- Standard on Optimizing Websites and Applications for Mobile Devices (in effect: April 1, 2013)
In 2000, the Canadian CLF 1.0 standard was implemented and government departments had almost two years to make their sites compliant.
- take into account the most recent version of internationally accepted Web content accessibility guidelines;
- increase flexibility of Website layout and design;
- enable institutions to incorporate the use of innovative and emerging technologies to their online information and services.
- "Common Look and Feel for the Internet 2.0". Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
- "Common Look and Feel for the Internet 2.0 Standard is Being Updated". Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "Everyone hates CLF". Retrieved 2010-03-23.
- "Thoughts on CLF 3.0 From Outside the Firewall###". 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
- "Common Look and Feel for the Internet is being updated". 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
- Thomas J Bradley (2009-08-27). "A Proposal for CLF 3.0". Retrieved 2010-03-23.
- The Standard on Web Accessibility is based on the Web Content and Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) developed by the W3C.
- The Web Experience Toolkit is open source software created by the Government of Canada to enable departments to build websites and Web applications that comply with the Web Standards.