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EC Digital transformation

30/10/2014

Early-stage deliverables from the Digital Transformation Project are not in line with all guidelines in the IPG. For the moment please continue to use the current IPG templates.

 
 

Creation or revamp of a site request form updateRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

16/12/2014

The request form for a new website/revamp of websites was updated to include annexes regarding opening a new social media presence and requesting the creation of mobile application.

 

Mobile applications

18/11/2014

The information on mobile applications is updated to include the app request procedure. The EUROPA team in DG Communication must be contacted – and an app creation request submitted – before the requesting service commits any budget, enters into any contract and before any development work starts.

 

EC Digital transformation

30/10/2014

Early-stage deliverables from the Digital Transformation Project are not in line with all guidelines in the IPG. For the moment please continue to use the current IPG templates.

 

Tasks by DG and DGs by taskRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

27/10/2014

The digital transformation team has mapped 24 000 current EUROPA web pages onto the 77 tasks.
Find report for your DG and see the tasks.

 

Two trainings on "Web Accessibility" available in October and December 2014Restricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

26/08/2014

- Web Accessibility - The Basics to Create Accessible Websites:

- Web Accessibility - Technical and Design Solutions:

These courses are addressed to website owners, internet editors, content authors, project managers, web designers, web masters, developers and programmers.

 

"What's new" on the Commission standard template

09/07/2014

The information on the "What's new or New on EUROPA" service tool in the Commission standard template is updated. The current recommendation is to link to a local page only, as the page "New on EUROPA" has been removed.

 

Browsers support

09/07/2014

The information on supported browsers, including the statistics for browser usage, is updated. The browser compatibility list now accommodates the use of HTML4 and HTML5.

 

Language coverage

02/07/2014

The Language coverage page is updated with more information on General vs. specialised content. Specialised content, targeted at a limited audience or experts, may be provided in a few languages or even just one, depending on the users' needs.

 

Guidelines: departing and replacement CommissionersRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

06/06/2014

Detailed information is now available on how to manage the website and social media accounts of a Commissioner who takes electoral leave.

 

EUROPA Analytics: New "Performance" page

10/04/2014

The new Performance page on the Europa Analytics section provides an overview of the EUROPA website traffic in the last three years, limited to the websites of the European Commission and the top-level pages of EUROPA.

 

Transforming our digital presence

21/03/2014

Digital communications have exploded in the past decade. People are
becoming more connected and more demanding online and our organisation
should make the most of these developments. To keep pace with these
changes, a major cross-Commission programme of digital transformation is
underway to help us rationalise, redefine and redesign how we
communicate online.

 

Corporate CAPTCHA

11/03/2014

New interactive service - a customisable corporate CAPTCHA, is available for integration in your website.

 

ReadSpeaker

12/02/2014

ReadSpeaker is a text to speech service that reads out loud specific content on your publicly accessible page.

 

Major upgrade since 25/11/2013

25/11/2013

On 25/11/2013 Simple Maps upgraded from Fusion Maps to Fusion Maps XT mainly to accommodate javascript HTML5 fallback for iOS devices.

 

Generate higher share activity with individual and more conspicuous share buttons

09/10/2013

  • Choose from the most commonly used networks.
  • 3 specifiable icon sizes.
  • Specify your own order of buttons.
  • Choose the text accompanying the buttons. Available in 24 languages.
  • No cookies!
 

Compliance of EUROPA sites with the EU cookie law

20/09/2013

The "EU cookie law", requires user's informed consent before data such as cookies or any other related technologies is stored or accessed in a user's device. DG COMM, in consultation with DG CNECT and the Data Protection Officer, has updated the guidelines on cookies to explain how to comply with this legislation and has developed a corporate technical solution, the 'cookie consent kit'. All DGs are requested to make their websites comply by 31 January 2014.

 

New EUROPA standard templates in responsive design

15/03/2013

The EUROPA inter-institutional and Commission standard templates have been developed in responsive web design. They are already available for PST and will soon be available in XSL and HTML versions.

 

Updated pages on Mobile web

15/03/2013

The pages on Mobile web are here to help you with your mobile web project. The EUROPA team can provide support for two of the most popular options for mobile web projects – responsive web design and mobile applications.

 

New and advanced charts service

19/02/2013

A new version of the charts service is now fully compatible with devices such as iPad or iPhone that do not support Flash. It offers an advanced and wide variety of gauges and charts including dial charts, linear gauges, Gantt charts, funnel charts, sparklines, etc.

 

User testing, Cardsorting workshops and Web accessibility training materials Restricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

04/12/2012

Three new presentations available - learn how to use User testing and Cardsorting to improve the structure of your website; read about the basics of accessible websites in the Web accessibility training presentation.

 

Training materials for workshop on CardsortingRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

29/11/2012

Learn more about cardsorting to improve the structure of your website in this presentation used in the workshop.

 

Quick Response Code - QR

14/11/2012

QR is short for Quick Response, a 2D barcode specially designed to be scanned quickly by mobile devices. The new page on QR Code provides general information and useful guidelines.

 

Information Architecture training course

09/11/2012

DG COMM A5 and DIGIT Training Services are organising a new training course on Information Architecture: The Art of Structuring and Designing Successful Websites.

 

Project Templates

15/10/2012

The new Project Templates page provides useful examples and templates to help you in the process of creating and planning a website.

 

Mobile web

31/08/2012

General guidelines to consider if you are planning a mobile web project.

 

New copyright notice for EC sites

29/08/2012

The copyright notice for Commission websites, included in the general Legal notice, has been updated. The IPG section Legal notices and copyright has also been revised.

 

Standard templates available in Croatian

15/06/2012

Following the on-going accession process for the Republic of Croatia, the Commission and Inter-institutional standard templates are now also offered in the Croatian language as a temporary non-official language.

 

New version of the Feedback form

04/06/2012

New version of the FormTools (FT). This version will resolve bugs and add new functionalities:

  • A search bar to filter and quickly find a form.
  • Easily manage field’s types and options of your forms.
  • Create different views with different permission access to clients.
  • Handle email notifications more efficiently.
  • New captcha integrating visual code and audio verification.
  • Export submissions in RSS format.
  • etc.
 

Like / Dislike

21/05/2012

The Like / Dislike buttons allow users to indicate if they like a content or not.

 

New features for road maps

20/04/2012

A new version of interactive road maps now features a mechanism that is able to handle a large number (500+) of placemarks. With this version also the maximum and minimum zoom can be set and on tablet pc's, the displayed map can now be zoomed and moved with touch screen digit navigation.

 

Rationalisation of the European Commission's public websites

09/03/2012

Websites are a key tool to inform citizens and stakeholders about EU policies, legislation, their rights in the internal market, grants, employment opportunities and many other things that affect their daily lives.  Furthermore, the web is a very cost-effective, accessible and efficient means of communication, which is particularly relevant in the current political and financial context where we must account for every euro of taxpayer´s money we spend.

 

A presentation on managing web projects in large organisationsRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

13/02/2012

A 1-hour presentation by Paul Boag on managing web projects in large organisations.

 

Share and count!

13/02/2012

The popular Social bookmarking and networking (share) button offers now the possibility to display the number of people that have shared  your content. The list of networks and services have also been updated.

Enjoy it!

 

Update of the EC new web visual identity

17/01/2012

Following the adoption of the new corporate visual identity and the discussion in the External Communications Network on December 15th, some modifications have been applied to the template.

 

New Europa Analytics' KioskRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

16/01/2012

The main improvements compared to the first version are:

  • Monthly reports (aggregation per day) are now available (last 24 months);
  • Reports are also available in pdf and tabular (xls) formats;
  • Yearly reports' histograms instead of graphs (aggregation per month);
  • New reports' layout and wording;
  • The possibility to retrieve views and visits data by single URL has been added;
  • Reviewed interface (home page, possibility to go back within same DG, etc.).
 

New Nielsen Norman Group's reports on web usabilityRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

28/12/2011

Read and learn from new Nielsen Norman Group's reports on web usability.

 

A common visual identity for the European Commission

12/12/2011

The new Commission corporate identity is already available. All Commission services are called upon to take over and implement the new visual identity.

 

Test your site for browser compatibilityRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

18/11/2011

The browsers test environment has been updated to include the latest versions of several browsers. It also offer the possibility to test your sites in mobile devices.

 

Improve your site with Total Validator Restricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

21/10/2011

Total Validator Pro is an (X)HTML validator, an accessibility validator, a spell checker, and a broken links checker. It is now available in the webmasters toolbox.

 

Statistical analysis of EUROPA websitespdf(4.74 Mb)Restricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

17/10/2011

The report presents the results of analyses of data gathered in the 2010 inventory of Europa websites, in order to offer an overview of their main characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.

 

CWCM Roadmap October 2011

13/10/2011

The roadmap for the upcoming new and modified functionalities of the CWCM system.

 

List of supported browsers

12/10/2011

The list of the supported browsers has been updated to reflect the latest EUROPA statistics (3rdQ of 2011).

 

Quick checklist for successful websitespdf(144 kB)

10/10/2011

What makes a site successful? Is your site focused or not on its users? The quick checklist for successful websites will help you to assess it.

 

CWCM Roadmap October 2011

13/09/2011

The roadmap for the upcoming new and modified functionalities of the CWCM system.

 

The Inter-institutional and Commission standard templates are updated

08/09/2011

There were some corrections done in the code and central files of the Inter-institutional and Commission templates. These modifications concern just correction of bugs that will not cause any compatibility problem with developments already done. 

 

Web streaming - Framework contract

06/07/2011

New version of the word document "Specific contract template" and new document "Annex 2" with 2 amendments to the framework contract

 

Third party tools

01/07/2011

Many companies offer "free" tools, services, plug-ins or widgets that provide extra features and functionalities on websites.
Read about risks using them and use on EUROPA.

 

 

Links - Specific rules for multilingualism

22/06/2011

The standards to create the multilingual links have been updated.

 

New simplified interface to access internet statistics

16/06/2011

New simplified interface to Europa Analytics Reports. It aims to facilitate access to standard web statistics reports.

 

EC and II Template 2011 published

09/06/2011

We are pleased to announce that the accessible EC template 2011 and the new Inter-institutional template 2011 have been put on production.
Along with the templates there have been made improvements in the implementation of multilingual links (utilising language icon) and links to documents.

We would like to remind you that the standard templates 2011 must be used for all new/revamped sites on EUROPA.

Availability:

EC template
HTML, Dreamweaver, PST: online
XSL: 30 June

II template
HTML, Dreamweaver: online
XSL: 30 July
PST: 30 July

 

Sensitive information on EUROPA websitesRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

13/05/2011

Find out about the criteria that should be applied by webmasters to reduce the risk of publishing sensitive information on EUROPA web sites.

 

New version of Road maps

05/05/2011

An improved version of Road maps including the possibility to display a tooltip and expand clusters with same geographical coordinates is now available.

 

Copyright and Intellectual PropertyRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

17/02/2011

A new site on Copyright and other Intellectual Property Rights has been published on the Intracomm.

 

Test your site for browser compatibility

23/09/2010

Use the new Browsers test environment to check compatibility of your site with different browsers and platforms.

 

New interactive service: Charts

21/09/2010

The list of available interactive services is getting longer. The newest addition is "Charts". It is a tool that allows you to present numeric data in a graphical view.

 

Learn more about Images

20/09/2010

ALTernative text, inline vs background images and CSS Sprites recommendations have been added to the page dealing with the topic Images in the Design section. The page about Image formats in the section Standards has been revised as well to make rules clearer.

 

List of supported browsers

20/09/2010

The list of the supported browsers has been updated to reflect the latest EUROPA statistics (Aug 2010).

 

Print the IPG

20/09/2010

IPG (both general public version and EC internal version) is now available for printing for your offline reading pleasure. You may either print the IPG page by page or the full IPG optimised for your printer.

 

Inventory of EUROPA websites

15/09/2010

The Inventory of EUROPA websites offers comprehensive list with detalied information for each website: the URL, the domain, the webmaster, the DG, the type of site, its audience, the theme or topic, the statistics, the technology, the number of pages, etc.

 

How to get feedback from your users?

25/08/2010

The page "Site evaluation" of the site has been updated to include some tips on how and what to do with users feedback.

 

AMI list for specialised web services

20/07/2010

List of companies and experts for specialised web services, such as: usability, user-feedback and information architecture; accessibility; promotion; social media and Web 2.0; mobile and PDA technology; online copyright and the development of games.

 

Usability reports from Nielsen Norman Group

31/05/2010

Read and use 3 very good reports from Jacob Nielsen.

 

Promotion channels - prizes and competitions

12/05/2010

In the section Take Part on EUROPA web site, one can promote prizes and competitions.

In this section there are numerous possibilities for people to interact with the EU, for example via blogs, consultations, debates, visits and competitions, altogether in one place.

 

Workshop Online contestsRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

07/05/2010

Workshop about online contests.

Programme:

  • What do you want to reach with online contests?
  • How to make your target audience participate? (AIDA)
  • Specific EU-related issues + solutions
  • Legal aspects 
  • What to expect? 
 

EUROPA flash player now allows sharing

28/04/2010

EUROPA flash player now provides the option to share the content via embed code.

 

Template: title image available in three lines

12/04/2010

IPG now allows to create banner title on three lines to include a subtitle or the title of an important sub site within a policy site.

 

The new restructured IPG is online

19/03/2010

Modifications to the IPG: 

  • Changed the information architecture;
  • Changed navigation into clearer and more user friendly format;
  • Applied new version of WCM Documentum PST templating;
  • Joined together external and internal part of the IPG into new uniform look and feel;
  • Set up new home page;
  • Kept only essential information useful in everyday work;
  • Put additional content on the IPG.
 

Metadata date is compulsory

18/03/2010

Date of creation of the page. The creation date together with the date of last update is used by the Europa search engine to determine the freshness of the page.

 

Webmaster toolbox

23/02/2010

List of tools and applications that Europa Webmasters can use in their daily work.

 

Accessibility - WCAG 2.0

10/02/2010

Guidelines explaining how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities.

 

Use of Social Media in EU communication

08/02/2010

Social media refer to online technologies and practices that are used to share opinions and information, promote discussion, and build relationships.

 

Procedure to create a new siteRestricted area: This link points to internal pages and may not work if you are browsing as an external user.

07/02/2010

Each new (sub)site or important revamps of existing sites must be submitted to the EUROPA team to obtain its approval before the site is published on EUROPA.

 

Types of web sites

27/01/2010

New categorisation of websites under EUROPA has been devised.

 

Usability testing

22/01/2010

Usability testing procedure has been introduced into the IPG.

 

How to put an archive stamp on page

15/07/2009

How to include archive stamp when archiving old pages.

 

How to request web streaming

15/07/2009

Web streaming service explained and illustrated.