Web Standard: Formats
Programs create different kinds of files which are published to various formats. They have different file extensions (e.g.; .pdf, .doc, .pptx).
- The EPA standard formats for publishing information on the Web are HTML and PDF.
- Proprietary formats (.wpd, .doc, .xls, .ppt) should be used only when absolutely necessary (e.g., when providing forms for customers to complete and submit or for spreadsheets that they will use).
- Proprietary formats are more likely to become redundant, outdated or trivial. They are hardly ever updated.
About this Standard
Effective date: 09/12/2012
Date approved: 09/12/2012
Web Council review by: 09/02/2014 (or earlier if deemed necessary by the Web Council)