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RULE §206.1Applicable Terms and Technologies for State Web Sites
ISSUE 11/19/2004
ACTION Final/Adopted
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

The following words and terms, when used with this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1)Accessible--A Web page that can be used in a variety of ways and that does not depend on a single sense or ability.

  (2)Accessibility Policy--An agency's policies to ensure that access to its information, services, and programs are accessible, usable, understandable and navigable.

  (3)Contact information--a list of key personnel and/or position or program contacts, including public contact telephone numbers, general e-mail address, and other information deemed necessary by the agency or institution of higher education for facilitating public access.

  (4)Compact with Texans--customer service standards and performance measures required of state agencies, including institutions of higher education, by §§2113.006 and 2114.006, Government Code.

  (5)Generally accessible Internet site--A state Web site that provides for graceful transformation and makes content understandable and navigable. Additional information and resources are included in the accessibility-usability guidelines available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/srrpub11-accessibility.htm.

  (6)Home page--The initial page or entry point to a state Web site.

  (7)HTML--HyperText Markup Language.

  (8)Internet--the network of interconnected networks employing standards published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

  (9)Key public entry point--A Web page that a state agency or institution of higher education has specifically designed for members of the general public to access official information (e.g., the governing or authoritative documents) from the agency or institution of higher education.

  (10)Link Policy--State Web Site Link and Privacy Policy that identify the terms under which a person may use, copy information from, or link to a generally accessible Internet site of a state agency or institution of higher education. The requirements for these policies for state agencies other than institutions of higher education are set forth in subchapter B, §206.54 and are available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/link_policy.htm. The requirements for these policies for institutions of higher education are set forth in subchapter C, §206.74 and are available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/link_policy2.htm.

  (11)Logging software and cookies--Particular methods employed for the purpose of tracking visitors to Web sites. The information collected for analysis can include where the request came from, time, pages visited, and identifiable information about the visitor.

  (12)Open Records/Public Information Act notice--The policies and practices of the state agency or institution of higher education for providing public access to governmental information and decisions.

  (13)Privacy and Security Policy--a statement about what information is collected by the Web site of a state agency or institution of higher education and how the information will be used and protected, under what conditions the information may be shared or released to another party, and the procedure under which a member of the public is entitled to receive and/or correct information that a state agency, including an institution of higher education, maintains about the individual.

  (14)Site Policies page--a Web page containing the policies of the state agency or institution of higher education, or a link to each policy.

  (15)State Web site--a state agency or institution of higher education owned, -operated by/or for, or -funded Web site connected to the Internet, including the home page and any key public entry points.

  (16)SSN--Social Security Number.

  (17)SSL--Secure Sockets Layer. The Internet security standard for point-to-point, encrypted connections between Web servers and client browsers.

  (18)Statewide Search--a link to the TRAIL Web site.

  (19)Texas Homeland Security--the Governor's Office Web site with information about current homeland security threat levels in Texas, available at http://www.texashomelandsecurity.com.

  (20)TRAIL--Texas Records and Information Locator or its successor. Additional information is available at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us.

  (21)Transaction payment information--bank account and routing number, credit, debit, charge, or other forms of card-based, access device number, and/or Internet based, payment systems. Access device means a card, plate, code, account number, personal identification number, electronic serial number, mobile identification number, or other telecommunications service, equipment, or instrument identifier or means of account access that alone, or in conjunction with another access device, may be used to:

    (A)obtain money, goods, services, or another thing of value; or

    (B)initiate a transfer of funds other than a transfer originated solely by paper instrument.

  (22)Transaction Risk Assessment--An evaluation of the security and privacy required for an interactive Web session providing public access to government information and services. Additional information and guidelines are included in PART 2: Risks Pertaining to Electronic Transactions and Signed Records in "The Guidelines for the Management of Electronic Transactions and Signed Records" available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/UETA_Guideline.htm.

  (23)Usability--Web design criteria that focuses on user performance, ease of navigation, is understandable and is visually appealing.

  (24)W3C--World Wide Web Consortium. Additional information and copies of the current standards and recommendations are available at http://www.w3.org.

  (25)Web bug--code used to track and/or report information about a visitor to a Web page, or used in an e-mail message. Also known as a Web Beacon or Clear GIF.

  (26)Web page--A document that a state agency or institution of higher education has specifically designed for members of the public to access the official information (e.g., the governing or authoritative documents) via the Internet.

This agency hereby certifies that the adoption has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on November 8, 2004


Renée Mauzy

General Counsel

Department of Information Resources

Effective date: November 28, 2004

Proposal publication date: September 10, 2004

For further information, please call: (512) 936-6448

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