Features & Guidance
Fonts, Colors, and Other Formatting
In order to maintain a consistent look and feel between BNL websites, all fonts, colors, and other visual design elements are standardized.
This not only provides users with a consistent interface, it relives the content editor of graphic design tasks, allowing them to focus on content, the information they need to communicate to the rest of the world.
Web technology has advanced considerably since the early days of the Web when presentation and formatting was co-mingled with content, i.e., HTML tags such as <font> and <font size> were wrapped around text content. If an editor wanted to change the font for a website, they had to manually find and replace every HTML tag on every page across the site. This labor-intensive system is no longer used on large, corporate-sized sites where the number of pages may reach into the thousands. Instead, it has been replaced by the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS), a single file where all formatting rules are defined. A single change in a site's style sheet changes all pages in the site simultaneously, saving everyone a tremendous amount of boring "grunt" work.
Click here if you want to know more about style sheets.
Considerable thought has gone into the Standard BNL style sheet. Fonts which have been specially designed for easy reading on a computer monitor were selected along with foreground/background color combinations which are known to provide adequate visual contrast and are not hard on the eyes.
In the Content Area, anything typed will be formatted automatically. The only formatting which you should apply is for headings (heading 1, heading 2, heading 3, etc.), bulleted or numbered lists, italics or bolded items.
Note: Always remove all
formatting code when pasting in text from other sources such as other web
pages or Microsoft Word documents.
Last Modified: February 11, 2010