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Online style guide

March 2008

Developed by the Style Working Party under the auspices of the Learning Material Design Sub committee (LMDS) of the Information and Learning Systems Committee (ILSC)

Note: the Principles of Online Style provide a theoretical background to this Online Style Guide.

 Feedback to Stephen Relf, DLTS.

This document is also reproduced as a PDF

Introduction
Page design
CSU Interact inbuilt text editors
Colour
Copyright
Accessibility
Images
Audio files
Video files
Download Estimates
Further Assistance

 

Introduction

This style guide is applicable to the publication of educational materials in subject sites within CSU Interact. That includes materials produced using the tools within CSU Interact or other approved publication tools such as word processors, web editors and PowerPoint. This guide provides guidelines for the publication of educational materials and is in compliance with the CSU Web Policy and the CSU Web Style Guide (http://www.csu.edu.au/webpublishing/styleguide/index.htm).

This style guide should be read in conjunction with:

The information provided here is basic information to assist academics in developing their own teaching and learning materials. Should further assistance be required, see the Educational Designer in your school.

 

Page design

For example, ‘This link will open a Word .doc’, or ‘This link will open in a new browser’.

 

CSU Interact inbuilt text editors

There is an inbuilt editor in the Announcements, Calendar, Modules and Resources in CSU Interact. The style recommendations for these tools are:

 

Colour

 

Copyright

 

Accessibility

 

Images

 

Audio files

 

Video files

 

Download Estimates

One of the key issues for placing audio and video files online is the time taken to download. Australia has a huge variety of connection types and speeds which affect download times. Slow dial-up connections are still very common in Australia because of the cost and distance associated with telecommunications in this country. So it is important that you consider the equity issues for those on the most basic dial-up connection.

The table below will help you estimate the time taken to download different file sizes on different connections. These are estimates only and times can vary considerably depending on the connection and amount of traffic.

File Size Connection Type - 56k Dial-up Connection Type -512k ADSL Connection Type -1.5 ADSL
100 kb
14.63 sec
1.6 sec
0.53 sec
500 kb
1 min 3.14 sec
8 sec
2.65 sec
1 mb
2 min 29.8 sec
16.38 sec
5.43 sec
5 mb
12 min 28.98 sec
1 min 21.92 sec
27.17 sec
15 mb
37 min 26.95 sec
4 min 5.76 sec
1 min 21.5 sec
20 mb
50 min 4.07 sec
5 min 27.68 sec
2 min 11.34 sec
50 mb
2 hours 4 min 49.83 sec
14 min 20.8 sec
5 min 28.35 sec
500 mb
20 hours 48 min 18.29 sec
2 hours 16 min 32 sec
45 min 16.52 sec

 

Further Assistance

Please refer to DIT for CSU-supported software for the creation and publication of educational material in CSU Interact.

For any technical difficulties associated with the upload or download of multimedia files to CSU Interact please log an inquiry to the DIT Service desk. http://www.csu.edu.au/division/dit/f_sdesk.html