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Support for Web publishing at Santa Clara University is provided by the Office of Marketing and Communications, Information Services, the Webmaster and Web Applications Developer in the Media Services department, and system and network administrators in the Information Technology department.

 
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Quick Commonspot Login

You can speed up the process of logging in to Commonspot by un-checking the "Show Pending Actions" box in the login form.  This is checked by default, and will generate a list of pages waiting for approval, work-in-progress, and broken link reports.  If you're just logging in for a quick page edit, you can bypass these reports and save some processing time for Commonspot by unchecking that box when you log in.

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Web Server Database Change

On Tuesday morning (7/14) one of the database servers that supplies content for the www site failed - this caused sites such as the Phonebook, Event Calendar, and Commonspot blogs and surveys to display errors while the server was offline.  On Tuesday night, this database was migrated to new hardware.  If you notice that updates or new data submitted on Tuesday to any system on www is not displaying as expected, please contact Brian Washburn in Media Services (x1993).

Update: The outage scheduled (mentioned in today's Site Admin meeting) for 4 to 4:30pm has completed, and access to the blog, survey, and event admin consoles has been restored.

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Template Gallery Issue

Following the Commonspot 5 upgrade, we're seeing an issue with the Template Gallery listing; some user's templates are not listed in the gallery.  If you're creating a new Commonspot page and don't see the template you need in the Gallery, the work-around is to copy an existing page that's based on the template you want, and save that as your new page.  We hope to have the Template Gallery issue resolved fairly soon.

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Commonspot 5 Upgrade

Commonspot was upgraded to version 5 this morning.  If you haven't yet seen the overview of Commonspot 5 in the Web Publishing site, you might want to review that - there are some user-interface changes for authoring.

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Survey System Updates

The survey system now includes a few changes - the most significant change is that you'll no longer be required to "activate" a survey in order for it to be published - the availability of a survey form will now be controlled by its publication dates.  With this change, you will now be able to modify the survey form once it is in use - previously, changes to the survey required that the data be cleared and the survey de-activated first.  That's no longer required.

Other changes in this update include: create "views" to display survey results easily, an "attachment/image" field type has been added, questions and question groups can now be copied within a survey, and survey questions can be easily moved (drag and drop) to new positions.

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Media Player Element and playback controls

When using the Media Player element to embed a SWF video in a Commonspot page, you can optionally set the "controller" script parameter to "true" to display the play/pause/volume controls.  The control bar is always displayed for FLV video, but is not shown by default for SWF files.

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Blog Manager

The new Blog Manager system is now active.  If you maintain blog content in Commonspot, you will now need to login to the Blog Manager to add blog posts, or edit previous posts.  If you have questions about this change, or need assistance with the new system, please send a Support Request to the OMC/Media Services Web Publishing team.  

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Link Style Change

The font style and color have changed for text links in SCU Web sites.  Previously, links were formatted in bold text with a beige color.  We'd received lots of feedback about that style - many people found it difficult to identify links within blocks of text, due to the lack of an underline below the text, and similar color values for standard and linked text.  In this style update, links are displayed in red with a dotted-line underline in paragraph text blocks.  Links within lists are displayed in red without the underline style, and links within feature elements and the right column elements are displayed in the original style.

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Include preview images in the Media Player element

The Media Player element now supports an additional custom script parameter - "preview" - the URL path to a preview image to be displayed in the video player window.

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Survey Manager now supports quizzes

The Survey Manager system can now be used to build online quizzes or tests.  When configuring a survey, you'll see the option available to present the form as a quiz, followed by additional options for handling scoring, correct answers, and the quiz results. 

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Looking for help with your Web site?

Send a support request to the SCU Web Publishing team in OMC and Media Services.

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