For state publications available to the public by an Internet
(1) State agencies are required to provide the Texas
State Library and Archives Commission with guaranteed access, at no
charge, to the agencies' Internet publications. If a "robots.txt"
file is used to prevent harvesting of a State Agency site then that
file must include an exception for harvesting by TSLAC's designated
(2) State agencies must meet the following minimum
requirements when providing state publications by Internet connection:
(A) Accessibility. State publications made available
by an Internet connection shall be accessible:
(i) by anonymous File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Hyper
Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) or other electronic means as defined
in Internet standards documents of the Internet Engineering Steering
Group, Internet Architecture Board, and Internet community; and
(ii) by following a link or series of links from the
Agency's primary URL. For publications accessible only by database
searching or similar means, an alternative path such as a hidden link
to a comprehensive site map must be provided except as exempted in
§3.6 of this chapter; and
(iii) on alternative electronic formats and interfaces
consistent with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990 and as amended.
(B) Availability. Each original Internet publication
and subsequent versions as described in §3.2(c) of this chapter
must remain available at some location on the agency Web site for
nine months after its initial release to ensure that the publication
has been collected by TSLAC and made available in the TRAIL archive.
Agencies can confirm that a version of an Internet publication has
been added to the TRAIL archive by searching at www.tsl.state.tx.us.
(3) Each state publication made available by Internet
connection must include descriptive information in:
(A) a Title tag;
(B) a Description or DC. Description meta tag that
includes a narrative description of the publication; and
(C) a Keyword or DC.Subject. Keyword meta tag that
includes selected terms from within the publication.
(4) State agencies are advised to review the rules
in 1 TAC §206.5 (relating to Linking and Indexing State Web Sites).
(5) TSLAC shall create a searchable index of state
agency Internet publications that shall be accessible in compliance
with the ANSI/NISO (American National Standards Institute/National
Information Standards Organization) Z39.50 search and retrieval standard
or successor standards, and that shall adhere to the application profile
of the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 192 or
its successor document.