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18F releases open-source web design guidelines, code library

March 17, 2017 (Photo Credit: GSA/18F)
18F, the General Services Administration’s tech incubator, has announced the release of the U.S. Web Design Standards — easy-to-implement, open-source code to allow government developers to quickly create or update websites.

Version 1.0 of the library includes guidelines for forms, typography, buttons, alerts and more to assist in the quick creation of “trustworthy, accessible and consistent digital government services” that sport a modern feel. Mobile performance-optimized and advanced components (like mapping and data visualization) are being evaluated for future builds. 

“The Standards are open source and free to use, but our team is also available to work closely with federal agencies to develop custom features or train teams on implementing the Standards,” said 18F’s Will Sullivan in a blog post.

Agencies interested in training or custom development can contact uswebdesignstandards@gsa.gov, or ask general questions in the public Slack channel for the standards.

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