Template 4 design features

Launching in Summer 2020, the redesigned uvic.ca template (aka "Template 4.0") represents extensive user interviews, testing, and best practices in accessible and mobile-optimized web design.

The design and development work have both been audited by external agencies, and we’re confident this website will meet the needs of UVic's primary web audiences.

Key features

Accessible

The site is accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical and cognitive abilities. We expect legislation in the near future mandating digital accessibility in B.C. Our fully accessible site has more white space and larger font sizes throughout.  

Mobile-first

This means our site is responsive – it works on a mobile device (our students’ primary tool), tablets, and desktop. The display and image size automatically adapt to whatever screen you’re using. As you swap devices, you might see tiles move or images crop differently to accommodate your different screen size.

Searchable

As we all know, Google is now the primary tool by which our users find anything on our websites. Google only references the mobile experience in its rankings. Our mobile-first design is built with search engine optimization (SEO) at its core.

Lightweight

We have drastically reduced the amount of content in our new sites so that Google can find the right results for our users. We've also improved the UVic template, to make it lightweight, modular and fast. Pages load much faster and the amount of data usage for users is reduced.

Cross-device compatible

The new uvic.ca template works with all modern browsers, including:

  • Edge 12+
  • Firefox 28+
  • Chrome 21+
  • Safari 6+
  • Opera 12+

Note: We no longer fully support Internet Explorer, which had its last major release in 2013 (IE v11). Microsoft is now recommending that you use their Edge browser instead, which may already be installed on your PC. Refer to Supported Browsers for UVic applications from University Systems for more information.

The design and development team has worked hard to align with industry best practices; we have implemented tools, processes, and training as we roll out the new template to ensure the sites remain accessible, searchable and responsive.