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Corporate style guide

Corporate style guide

When you build a CMS website, you design the look and feel based on guidelines in the corporate style guide.

A corporate style guide provides detailed information for designing any corporate interface, including corporate websites.

Corporate design team
Many organizations have a web development team that designed the corporate website. Contact this team and involve the designers early in the planning, as they provide help and give their approval to the interface you design. Without approval, there is the risk of having to redesign the entire site because it does not adhere to the organizational guidelines.
Corporate style guide
A corporate style guide takes the guesswork out of designing the CMS website. The example style guide shown is defined down to the pixel. Creating a site with the style guide makes it easy to create clean CSS and HTML. Without the style guide, building the site can take a great deal of time.
Design considerations
Some modifications to the base design for forms may be necessary. The content area of any CMS design should be no smaller than 860px, or service catalog forms are clipped. The sample style guide entry specifies the content area to be 576px, which clips service catalog forms.
Figure 1. Example style guide entry
A corporate style guide, as shown in this example, has specifications on Header, Page content, and footer areas, as well as Navigation and Information snip panels.