Non-functional requirements


  • Tools should be accessible to non-technical users

  • Web content or software must meet WCAG 3.0 AA standards for accessibility

  • Development needs to include i18n standards for internationalization


  • To establish the legitimacy of the proposals, there must be sufficient participation. We expect tools would need to support at least:

    • 250,000 concurrent users if built for ada holders or GA submitters

    • 10,000 concurrent users if built for DReps

    • 2,000 concurrent users if built for SPOs


  • Responsiveness of the tool. Front page load time must be no longer than 2 seconds for users accessing the website using an LTE mobile connection

IP rights

  • The work must be open source with an open source license that permits the assets to be changed, redistributed, and used commercially (suggested: Apache 2.0 for code and CC BY 4.0 for other documents and assets)

  • Any third party dependencies must not hinder the assets from being changed, redistributed, and used commercially

  • The assets created for this proposal are universally accessible on a public repository by the time the project has completed

  • Any code created for this proposal must migrate into Intersect’s repositories if requested by Intersect.

Open-source requirements

Guidance related to expected best practices can be referenced here

For Tools being proposed for direct integration into the existing Voltaire governance tooling system

Some proposed solutions may be appropriate for direct integration into the Voltaire governance tooling system. Adding a new space for ada holders to communicate with their DRep, for example. For these tools, additional requirements apply:

  • The tool should be built using a compatible tech stack where applicable, make use of the existing design system, and be developed (or transferable) into the open repos that will be made available ahead of development.

  • The ultimate objective is for these tools to appear to the user as one solid application with an end-to-end experience of all the steps needed to participate in Cardano governance. Tools will share the same look & feel but will consist of micro-frontends with the actual code for each tool or service maintained in separate folders or repos.

  • This short video shows what is currently implemented in the Voltaire governance tooling system and how to apply the existing design system. A front-end library documented in Storybook with key-built components will also be provided.

Technical requirements for front end (to ensure integration)

  • NextJS / React

  • Material UI

  • (optional if applicable) Axios

Deployment and environment requirements

  • Run separate development and testing environments for the duration of development.

  • Other guidance related to deployment environment requirements will be provided.

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