Here are collected and shared poll responses from the community members.
How interested are you in adopting the Design System on your state site?
Responses total: 58
Very interested (would adopt as soon as it's ready)24%
Interested (would adopt after a few more state sites do/at a more appropriate time)24%
Might be interested (need more information/time/buy-in)43%
Likely not interested7%
Will likely never be interested0%
What tools do you use to share code with your team and partners?
Responses total: 43
Here are collected and shared QAs from the DWSN forum meeting chat.
Do you have a concept for sharing components?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Here is a doc we are adding to the design system site about web components – link to Design System: Why web components.
Since MS is retiring IE in a couple months, how important is it to support?
DWSN member: Link to We dropped support in our department for IE for websites/apps last year.
Will the design components eventually tie into CA web publishing (those using WordPress/DIVI)?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Yes, that is in progress. We have a roadmap in place for a Design System based page builder experience. We will be making an announcement for those interested in early adoption.
Can we attendees get a copy of the presentations?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Absolutely, will be posted to cdt.ca.gov/dwsn following today’s forum.
Is there an updated status of how many state agencies are using the state template and bootstrap vs. other web content management systems? The two agencies I have been at moved away from the state template (sadly), so I am just curious what other agencies are doing.
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Yes, that’s coming up in this presentation.
Will the template/design system be just as easy to use with the components for non CA publishing users?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: That’s the goal. The design system should be easy to use agnostic of platform.
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Yes this is the goal – we want the DS to be used everywhere, not just CAWEB publishing.
What's the timeline on releasing template v6 and design system v1?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: The State Web Template v6 is going to be released between the second and third quarters of this year. The Design System will follow after that but we are not sure of the timeline at this point in time.
This all sounds groovy - what if any consideration will be given to document designers that are keying their styles off the web standards work?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Designers who are looking at the State Web Template for design inspiration can start looking at the documentation on designsystem.webstandards.ca.gov. In particular, the Visual design style guide and the Components documentation are good place to start. There are styling recommendations there that can be transferable into document design. If any designers have feedback or questions, please reach out to us: Design System – Contact Us. We want to continue building tools and documentation that support the needs of designers across the state.
We plan to use WordPress with the Design System, and we'll have many non-technical business folks maintaining their own content. Will this be 'easy' for them to do?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: There will be a theme and a couple of options to include Design System code. We can include a page about this on the design system website. If you are concerned about migrations we would love to talk to you. We are thinking about sharing some content design guidance or a possible migration script that may help you update your site, but would like to understand your needs first. Please reach out via the contact form: Design System – Contact Us.
How will this transition impact our sites and site management responsibilities? Will there be any kind of training provided around this transition?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Site management is still the responsibility of the state entity or business owner. We will be providing more information related to taking advantage of the Design System, website redesign, and other transition related considerations.
Any information about use of HTML5 / bootstrap / accessibility in version 6 would be welcome
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Noted. There will be no bootstrap, but we will need training materials helping people to understand what to do instead.
I don't love tab panels but our business customer's do. Any help available on adding functionality without jquery?
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: There may be a component for that!
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: I thought this was a nice tab web component: GitHub: Seven Minute Tabs.
We live stream some meetings on our website, we use YouTube's embed code. But our developer had to do some json work to get frame it nicely, give us control for intro/break/end screens & control.... a web component for that would be helpful.
DWSN Coordinator/presenter: Thanks for that suggestion. You can always reach out via the contact form Design System – Contact Us. for any questions or suggestions.