About this site
The Information Providers Guide (IPG) is intended for all people involved in
the creation of online content for EUROPA (webmasters, internet
editors, coordinators, contractors, ...). It covers editorial, technical
and graphic aspects.
The rules set out in the IPG are compulsory in order to best ensure a coherent and user-friendly service to the users. The IPG is freely available on EUROPA in English. This is a living document which is regularly updated.
The content is divided into 2 groups:
- Follow the steps - task centric chapters, which start with beginning (BASICS) and ends with publishing and maintaining your web site.
- Resources - list of useful tools, free services you can use, procedures you have to follow and other numerous things that are available while building EUROPA sites..
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Follow the steps
The main part of the IPG is organized in task centric chapters, which starts with beginning (BASICS) and ends with publishing and maintaining your web site.
|BASICS||Start by reading this chapter for an overview of the key aspects of EUROPA’s structure, organisation, and management, for example: if you want to know about the different kinds of sites that can be created, how is a site integrated into Europa, and other basic information.|
|PLAN||Gathering all the relevant information and/or making key decisions throughout the conception, structure and development phases of your web site can be found in this section.|
|CONTENT||Browse this chapter for detailed information about the different types of web site content, and instructions, recommendations, and rules to be followed.|
|DESIGN||Make sure your site fits in the EUROPA family, by examining the guidelines and rules on visual design, including a walkthrough of the standard templates and their elements.|
|BUILD||Explore this chapter for information on the life-cycle and process of site development and construction, standards that apply and other guidelines to be followed in order to prepare an IPG-compliant web site.|
|GO LIVE||When you are ready to push the button and go live, read this chapter to get instructions on the series of actions necessary to bring the site to life, make it known and follow its progress.|
|MAINTAIN||Keep checking this chapter to know about the various activities necessary once a site has been launched, including day-to-day maintenance, gathering of feedback from surveys, statistics and other means, and their analysis in order to improve the site. The chapter covers also the aspects of site archiving.|
Explore the RESOURCES for useful tools, free services you can
use, and other numerous things that are available while building EUROPA
Chapter Standards will tell you which standards we use on EUROPA.
You will find templates, images, legal notices, standards messages and many more in the Library. In the Procedures, you will find explanation about different procedures you have to follow and addresses. Do not forget chapter about Training with the latest material from our workshops.
|TOOLS||Browse this chapter to learn about the tools that are used to make (ec.)europa.eu websites.|
Explore this chapter to can find numerous already available e-services, which can be integrated in EUROPA web sites.
|LIBRARY||Browse this chapter, when you need images, templates, standard messages and other useful material.|
|STANDARDS||Make sure your site fits in the EUROPA family, by examining the guidelines and rules on web accessibility and others in this chapters.|
|QUALITY ASSURANCE||Explore this chapter for information on quality checks and quality control tools.|
|PROCEDURES||You can find explanation about different procedures you have to follow
while buidling EUROPA website in this chapters.
|TRAINING||Keep checking this chapter to find new trainig available and also all the training material from many workshops organized by EUROPA forum or internet editors.|
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