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What you may and may not include in your web pages

The Information Services Committee (ISC) has produced guidelines on the publication of Web pages. This covers all pages published on any computer registered in the domain. There are also some additional restrictions on what may and may not be included on personal Web pages. The Guidelines are published at and all those publishing Web pages must read them.

  • The contents of Society pages are subject to the rules of the ISSS, the Guidelines for acceptable use of Janet and the CUDN, and all relevant UK laws including the laws on copyright, the Computer Misuse Act and the Data Protection Act. Information on the Society page must not bring the University into disrepute (see for links).

  • A list of permissible file types may be found at

  • Personal home pages are not permitted in University Society Web directories.

  • The Web space may only be used for Society business. Acknowledgement of sponsorship (including the sponsor's logo) is acceptable as are links to pages of associated relevant societies in other Universities, but advertising is not. If you are unsure about whether a particular reference is acceptable, please ask  before including the information.

  • Pages must have a clear indication of where to address comments or complaints. Society pages that cause webmaster significant amounts of work are likely to be deleted without warning.

  • A contact e-mail address is required. This will normally be the Society e-mail address. Mail to this address must be dealt with regularly. If problems arise and those responsible for the pages cannot be contacted, pages may be removed from the Web server.

Other points and guidelines

  • Apparently abandoned or malfunctioning pages may be removed. Desktop Services accounts may be suspended if guidelines are contravened.
  • Browser-specific pages should be avoided. Browser scripting and programming facilities (e.g. JavaScript, Java) should be used sparingly. You must ensure that your pages work on several browsers and on other platforms than just Windows. 
  • HTML documents should be validated to conform to a DTD in order that they are usable by a maximum number of users. 
  • There are some easy ways to test, validate and check accessibility of your pages more thoroughly by using the Firefox browser with some extensions. The web developers toolbar extension and the Total Validator extension are particularly useful. You can install them into your Desktop Services account. See for a list of web development extensions.
  • When a user account is cancelled, personal web pages will cease to be served.