GSA Introduces Web Design Standards

The General Services Administration issued new standards to guide federal agencies as they develop public-facing websites and help them comply with the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act.

The website standards call for agencies to use the maturity model to incrementally adopt the U.S. Web Design System and deliver better digital experiences, GSA said Wednesday.

The maturity model comes in three levels: integrate design principles; follow user experience guidance; and use USWDS code.

There are five USWDS design principles that support the guidance codified in 21st Century IDEA and those are starting with real user needs; earning trust; embracing accessibility; promoting continuity; and listening.

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