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General guidelines and copyright issues

Al-Anon Members website resources - password protected, read directions for access
notes refer to CAL copyrights, see links for other web related issues.

Guideline for Al-Anon Web Sites G-40 (PDF)
Contents - ...The WSO does not give permission to post excerpts from Conference Approved Literature on-line.

FAQ for Al-Anon Web sites
F.A.Q. for Al-Anon Web Sites S-66 (PDF)
4. Q. What Al-Anon information is appropriate for a Web site?
A. ... All Al-Anon literature is protected by copyright. There are restrictions on use that apply to Al-Anon material displayed on the Web site.

Guide to copyright and trademarks for writers, Newsletter and Web Coordinators
Al-Anon Conference Approved Literature (CAL) undergoes a thorough development process. This is explained in detail in the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P-24/27) in the "Digest of Al-Anon and Alateen Policies" section under "Recovery and Service Materials".
2014-2017 Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P24-27), see page 102 - Conference Approved Literature and Service Tools/Materials.

Questions regarding the Internet and other electronic use
The World Service Office does not permit Conference Approved Literature (CAL) to be duplicated on Web sites.

Permissible Al-Anon postings

The Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. (World Service Office) grants permission for the following materials to be posted on individual or service arm Web sites.
Materials to post on line


Northern California World Service Area (NCWSA) Area Website Committee Guidelines - PDF - DOC - Dec 6, 2011
includes website analytic information for ncwsa.org

NOTE: The following links are provided to aid website developers and does not imply endorsement or affiliation in keeping with Traditions 3 & 6.


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organization for the Web.

Mobile Web

Mobile Web Initiative - ensuring that the Web be available on as many kind of devices as possible.

* XHTML Basic is designed for Web clients such as mobile phones, PDAs, digital book readers, and smart watches.
** XHTML Basic 1.1 Cheat Sheet
* Use meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0"
* Avoid Flash, frames, tables, pop-ups.


Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) - making the Web accessible to people with disabilities

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List included 46 tools as of December 2014 which are listed without endorsement or quality rating. Three free tools are:
* MAUVE Accessibility Validator
* HTML_CodeSniffer
* AChecker IDI Web Accessibility Checker

Level Double-A conformance, 
          W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0


Valid XHTML 1.1 Basic - XHTML Basic 1.1 validator

W3C mobileOK Checker
95% - Medium severity - Use the network sparingly - Not able to provide caching information due to HTTPS secure protocol - https://www.ncwsa.org/.
Sometimes 65% - Severe severity - HTTP error - Invalid certificates of ncwsa.org links

Page updated 2015 Jan 11 (created 2015 Jan) - Peter S (email) (change [at] to @)