United States Government has released its official web design framework to build Federal Government websites or any website/application which is partially linked to them.

Please visit this page for more information https://standards.usa.gov/getting-started/.

This framework is specifically designed to cater American public. It is introduced in order to make standards and consistency among all the services websites and applications. Since most of the IT part is designed and developed outside US, it has been seen that some common scenarios for example asking anybody’s full name is treated differently in different apps/websites. This newly developed set of standards will provide various guidelines and recommendations to designers and developers while working for any government project or for US Public.

Some snippets of Draft US Web Design Standard:

  • What should be the fields and format if you’re asking user for his full name.
  • What should be the format for asking shipping address.
  • Recommendations for 508 compliance for specially abled people in US. (https://www.section508.gov/)
  • Usage of icons and typographies.
  • Build with WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines. (https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/)
  • Hover effects and validation styles of forms.

PS: This framework is in alpha currently and hopefully will have a stable beta release soon. These are only recommendations right now not mandatory to include in projects.