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Who has to use the design: design system

The Content and Information Architecture Specification is referenced in "Appendix D: Mandatory Procedures for Social Media and Web Communications" of the Directive on the Management of Communications. Its requirements apply to departments and other portions of the federal public administration listed in Schedules II.1 and II of the Financial Administration Act.

These organizations must apply design requirements for all their public-facing websites or digital services, regardless of the technology, domain name (both and or publishing platform through which these are delivered.

Out-of-scope situations

The global header and footer design may not be applied or replicated in the following situations:

Using the Web Experience Toolkit

All institutions are encouraged to use the components in the Web Experience Toolkit for both their internal and external web products. These components are open source and free. They reflect the results of ongoing usability testing. They make it easier to meet accessibility requirements and provide responsive design for a variety of devices with a range of screen sizes.

Adapting the Web Experience Toolkit for out-of-scope situations

If your website or service is out of scope for the design, but you wish to use the Web Experience Toolkit, you must make the following minimum modifications.

Global header

Global footer

These modifications help users distinguish between different sites, and they ensure that the overall design remains unique.

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