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Chapter 9. Interface Design Standards > The Scope of Design Standards

The Scope of Design Standards

It is important to note what is not included in the design standard. Except where there is a need to create a unified style and theme, it is best to leave significant design freedom to the developers. For example, within an intranet there may be hundreds of sites, and many will require different themes. The design standard should generally address only the elements critical to the user's recognition and the operation of each page type. However, there are cases where more restrictions are needed to ensure a consistent brand perception.

It is important not to mix the design rationale and research behind various decisions within the design standard; this would create an unmanageable amount of work and a vast body of information. Such documentation can overwhelm developers and other users of the design standards. The design standard should describe just the results of all this research. Books and training provide information on the actual research and rationale.


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