Web Standards: Critical Terms

One EPA Web:  One EPA Web rebuilds EPA.gov into ONE website organized by one set of priorities, written in one voice, and managed by one set of guiding principles. The goal is to improve the delivery of priority messages and information to the public and ensure people are able to find the right information to accomplish their tasks online. The new One EPA Web website consists of:

  • An EPA home page that focuses on the public's needs and interests.
  • A new model that organizes EPA's web content into Resource Directories, Microsites, the Searchable Collection and the Archives.

Under One EPA Web, all existing web content on www.epa.gov is either transformed or archived*.


Transformed Content: This content has been:

  • Rewritten for the web and reorganized based on priority topics, key audiences and their top tasks:
    • Resource Directories: Resource directories organize priority topics using a simple "hub and spoke" model. These sites have a single navigation page (a hub) that links to the most important related content (spoke pages).
    • Microsites: Microsites are comprehensive sites that bring web content together on a priority topic from across EPA into a single, consolidated site with self-contained navigation. Microsites often include multimedia and social media outreach tools.
  • or becomes part of the Searchable Collection: Documents (htmls or pdfs) that were not chosen as content for resource directories or microsites, but are important information we expect users may to want to search for. These documents do not use web area navigation and act as stand-alone documents. They have been tagged with quality metadata and are searchable on www.epa.gov.

Archived Content: The archive is a repository of web content whose value is strictly historical. The archive (archive.epa.gov) is a separate website from www.epa.gov. The archive will not be actively managed and won't be linked or included as part of a resource directory, microsite or the searchable collection. The content won't be tagged with good metadata, but will be searchable on archive.epa.gov after September 30, 2014.

Web Areas: The organizing principle is the division of One EPA Web into "areas." An area covers some cohesive topic or set of materials: it is a collection of pages dedicated to a topic. Microsites, resource directories are both web areas.

Responsive Design: design and development that respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The Drupal WebCMS implements EPA's look and feel in a responsive design.

Drupal Web Content Management System (Drupal WebCMS): The dynamic web content management system that will hold One EPA Web.