Digital Web Services Network Update – AB 434 Accessibility

Hi Team,

As you know, there was a significant effort to launch information related to compliance with AB 434. We previously sent to you the Technology Letter (TL), TL 18-05 Website Accessibility Certification Policy which requires each Agency/state entity to certify that their internet website is in compliance with specified accessibility standard, located at

Now, we would like to announce that an introductory training course for website accessibility is being offered at our training center and can be found on the Training & Education Center Course Schedule .  It is a one day class which will be offered on the following dates; August 28th, August 29th and August 30th. We encourage you to sign up for this training and to share it with others in your organization who may benefit from this training.

TL 18-05 also includes a link to the Department of Rehabilitation’s (DOR) AB 434 Website Accessibility Toolkit at .

We hope you’ll find the Toolkit and training helpful as you prepare your website for accessibility certification.  We look forward to more discussion at our next meeting on October 18th.

If you have questions about the toolkit or the training, you may contact

How to remove ads from your Google search results

Government Edition for Custom Search Engine is now available for free without ads for Government agencies or bodies at any level (federal, state, local, or tribal). Please use the following form to start the process.

Please note that the free usage of Custom Search Engine applies only to the client side Custom Search Element. Using the JSON API will still cost $5 per 1000 queries.

Restructuring of WUG with new Digital Services Council!

The California Department of Technology (CDT) recently announced the establishment of the Digital Services Council (DSC).  The DSC has expanded from the Webmaster User Group (WUG) which began in 2006. CDT would like to thank the WUG team for your years of dedicated focus in building this forum, and looks forward to continued collaboration with the web master community within the new formation of the Digital Services Council.

While the WUG was intended for government Web development topics, the DSC will build on this by providing a forum where state partners, local government and the IT vendor community can share information for both web and digital services (including policy, technology, tools and best practices).  

The DSC participants will continue to build and foster relationships within the digital services community and focus on topics including user research and user-centered design.  

The Digital Services Council kick-off meeting will be held May 3rd. Please register to attend by visiting:

Please direct any questions to:

Thank you! 

The Digital Services Council Team

State Template v5 Beta Survey

Hi Team.

We’re getting ready to release the non-Beta, production version of the State Template v5 next week! We’d like to get a feel of where everyone’s at, with a quick 3-question survey on what version of the template you’re currently using. Your input is greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below to begin the survey. The survey will remain open until 12/29/17. We will share the results with everyone at or before the next WUG conference. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Custom Search Element API 1.0 was deprecated on December 4, 2017


The Custom Search Element API 1.0, which was deprecated in 2012 in favor of API 2.0, is now no longer maintained. API 1.0 will stop working on December 4, 2017.

You can check if you’re using the 1.0 version by looking at the code on your search page for a call to  If you are, read on:

Next Steps

Please update your website to use the Custom Search Element API 2.0. The easiest way to transition is through the CSE Control Panel at, where you can generate your new Custom Search Engine code and add it to your website.

For more information, please see the official Google CSE team post.

CMS Survey

Hi Everyone! My name is Kristen Gilly and I’m the webmaster at the Department of Managed Health Care.

We’re currently in the beginning stages of going through with a website refresh, which we will upgrade to the new State Template v5 and are thinking about switching CMS platforms. We currently use DNN 9.1.1, and have been having a LOT of issues with it. Like weekly, medium-high severity issues. I’m fairly new to the department, and was not here when the site was refreshed 3 years ago with DNN – so I’m not entirely sure if our issues stem from DNN, us or are a mixture of both.

When we talk with DNN Support, 90% of our issues are things they haven’t seen before, which leads me to believe that there might be an issue with the compatibility between our back-end development and front-end DNN. For those of you who work with DNN for your public website, do you have a similar amount of issues? Or does it work pretty well? It seems to be a very well written up CMS, so that’s why I’m so puzzled as to why we’ve been having so many constant issues with it.

I’m also interested in hearing any thoughts from those of you who use different CMS platforms – especially WordPress, Sharepoint or CA Web Publishing. We just implemented a workflow process that all of our offices now use to manually update their pages – so if there are any thoughts on the workflow processes of these CMS’s I’d be very interested to hear it.

If you have any recommendations on a specific CMS that I didn’t list – please share! I would love all the advice I can get.

Thank you,


State Template (V5 beta) Update


Hello Team,

This has been a long time coming, an update to the progress on the development of the State Template V5. First we want to thank everyone that has been collaborating with us either on GitHub or directly on the state template. We encourage feedback and code contributions all the time as this is your state template. We will do our best to incorporate as many suggestions as possible.

In the past week we have pushed nearly dozens of fixes, improvements, and changes to the Beta version on GitHub addressing many reported issues. Below are some highlights of these changes which can be reviewed in detail by visiting the GitHub repository.

  • Fixed accessibility issues with the navigation menus and content modules including Service Tiles
  • Added additional color schemes including two new color schemes: mono and trinity
  • Changed colorscheme structure to avoid duplication of styles in cagov.core.css
  • Made sure all theme colors can be changed in colorscheme css
  • Added a V4 compatible menu style for easier migration path
  • Remedied numerous color contrast issues thoughout the template
  • Updated search to leverage the new Goggle Custom Search API
  • Updated the JQuery library to latest version (1.12.4)
  • Moved JQuery to the head before closing <body> tag
  • Fixed keyboard navigation trapping in the status bar area
  • Added source (LESS) files

I want to take this opportunity to thank Konstantin Koryaka for making most of these changes possible. Please review the latest changes and let us know if you have any feedback or issues. We encourage that you leave your feedback using GitHub. We are getting very close to a production release of the template. We anticipate we should have a release before the year is up. Please help us test the latest version including your experience going from V4 to V5(Beta).

V4 of the State Template will also get updates including the new Google Search API among several accessibility fixes. Our goal is to have those updates before the year is up as well. To see the latest changes to V5 (beta) please visit

Thank you for your support and patience from CDT’s web development team.