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Design specifications of the templates

The new UniSA corporate templates have been designed to create and ensure a consistent look and feel throughout the website in line with the University's corporate image. The templates have been developed using Server Side Includes (SSI) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The Style Sheets control the look of elements such as font, line spacing, header sizes, text placement, image placement, bullets etc. The templates have been designed for the author who has little or no experience of web authoring, so are custom made to make web authoring easier by eliminating some of the planning process of web design.

Standard elements and features of the templates  

Standard elements and features of the templates



The corporate banner is a standard part of the template. The following are its specifications

Banner design

Note: Each division has a colour assigned to it which is used for publications and for web banner colours. All schools and research centres/groups are required to use the same banner colour as their division.

Once you have selected the colour and graphic for your banner, MDU will provide you with the banner incorporating all the selected elements as part of your templates. A degree of flexibility for administrative units, divisions and schools to incorporate their individual identities is available through the following ways.


Eight 'web safe' colours ('web safe' means the colours will display consistently across browsers) can be used for the banner, of which

UniSA corporate colours
Colour=#000099 University blue
Colour=#CC0000 University red
Colour=#FF9900 University yellow
Divisional colours
Colour=#CC0000 BUE
Colour=#FF9900 EASS
Colour=#006699 HS
Colour=#006633 ITEE
Colour=#663399 Whyalla

Name and logo

The UniSA logo must feature in the left side of the banner. No other logo can be featured. Names of administrative units, divisions and schools feature immediately beside the UniSA logo. For school and research centre/group names, the name of the related division appears above it but in a smaller font. These are illustrated below.

Administrative unit/devision name

School/research centre or group name 


As part of the standard requirement, a graphic is featured in the right side of the banner. A set of graphics, composed to corporate requirements, is available for administrative units, divisions and schools to choose from. If you would like to use your own image for the graphic, supply the JPEG to MDU for incorporating into your banner. The format and quality of this image will be negotiated between you and MDU.




The grey toolbar is mandatory on all sites. An option to change the toolbar may be provided if an area uses a University sub-site home page template. This occurrence is expected to be rare and is subject to approval by the Web Management Group.



Site-wide links (pillars)

The five major headings beneath the grey toolbars are known as the pillars (About UniSA, Study at UniSA, Research, Business and community, Resources for staff) 

The five pillar headings are a mandatory feature of the templates. If areas choose to modify the pillars, approval must be obtained from the Web Management Group, providing the following specifications are followed:

 If areas choose to delete the pillars completely, approval also needs to be obtained from the Web Management Group. Contact the Web Management group.




The footer is a standard part of the template. It has the following links



Page design

Pages in the templates have the following features

Content and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)






Types of templates

There are three standard types of templates:


This template will be the one you use in most circumstances. It includes the left hand navigation designed for a three level menu. Fewer links to other pages in your site will be needed as they will be present in the left hand navigation  This template is used for the home page of converted sub-sites.

Left menu template


This template will be used when no navigation is required but it has a left margin to ensure that the same look and feel is maintained. This may be used for fourth level pages (eg About UniSA/Introduction to UniSA/History/Milestones which is four clicks from the home page) or long pages with content headings

No left menu template


This template will be used for large diagrams and/or images or any content where you need as much space as possible eg maps and organisation charts. There is no left hand column in this template

Full screen template


Subsite homepage template

A University subsite template is available in rare instances for areas to use as their home page, which incorporates several of the design and function features of the University home page. All areas that use this subsite home page template must have their home page design approved by the Web Management Group. Subsequent pages must revert to the left hand navigation as provided for in the other three templates. Areas may also develop their home pages by using one of the other three templates provided. Refer to the Web Management Guidelines (PDF 574kb - download Adobe Acrobat).

File type of the templates

The template files have been created in 'asp' which stands for 'active server pages'. Asp files contain special scripting necessary because of the use of server side includes (SSI) in the design of the templates. Through the use of SSI, common files control standard elements such as the banner, toolbar, site wide navigation, left hand navigation style and footer.  

As a result of the use of asp files, the URLs of pages created using the new templates will end with .asp as opposed to the current .htm. Therefore links on your current site to new corporate pages on the UniSA website will need to be changed. Similarly, after your site changes over to the new templates, you will need to create redirect pages for your second level index pages. See Requesting link changes for details.