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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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Printer Friendly view and print

The base template style sheet has been updated to include formatting optimized for print. The style sheet removes the header, navigation and footer sections of the page content, and appends URL paths to any link text. When selecting File > Print in your web browser, this style sheet will be applied.

For pages that had used the original version of the "Printer Friendly" element, that now will open the browser's print dialog window and apply the new print style sheet.

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Disqus Comments now available for any page

 Previously only available as a comment option in the Blog system, you can now add the Disqus Comment form to any Commonspot page. You'll find the element in the Content Well element gallery category. The element has one required configuration setting - the unique name of a Disqus account. The Disqus site has instruction on creating an account.

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OS Patches on Thursday, 1/23/14

We have OS patches scheduled for cms and the www servers this Thursday morning, starting at 9:30 am. Here's the schedule:

 
9:30 - Authoring and Replication are suspended on cms. Patches are applied on cms, and the server is rebooted. This process should take less than 10 minutes. Authoring will be re-enabled after that (9:40 or so).
 
9:45 - 10:30 - OS patches are applied on each of the three www servers. Replication will be offline while this is going on, but external access to the www servers will not be interrupted.
 

10:30 - (or sooner, if the patches on www are complete) - Replication will be back on its regular schedule. 

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Server updates next Tuesday, 12/3

We'll be working with IT Operations to install OS updates on cms and the www servers next Tuesday morning, Dec. 12. We'll start at 9am, turning off authoring and replication on cms. Once cms is updated, authoring will be enabled but replication will be off until all three of the www servers are updated. This could take an hour or more to complete.

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IE 11 and Commonspot

Version 11 of Internet Explorer is not yet certified for Commonspot authoring. For the time being, you'll need to use earlier versions  of IE or alternate web browsers when managing content in Commonspot.

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Slideshow element supports alt tags

The rotating image slideshow element used in level 1 and level 3 home pages now allows for the option of adding alternate text for each image. Including relevant keywords in the image description can help to improve visibility for search engines.

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Sitemap not updating

In some cases you won't see updates applied to a sitemap reflected right away in your site navigation. The sitemap's XML file will only be refreshed when you change the sitemap structure, so if you're updating a link label or url, deleting a link, or otherwise not modifying the site outline the XML file won't be updated. The workaround for that is to indent/outdent any link to refresh the file. Following that change, you'll want to clear the subsite cache on cms, and - following the next replication - clear the www subsite cache using the ClearCache utility.

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Mobile SCU native apps published

The Mobile SCU web app is now available as a native app for iOS and Android. You can find it by searching for Mobile SCU or "Santa Clara University" in the iTunes or Google Play app stores, or via the following links:

iTunes

Google Play

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Commonspot authoring - short outage on 9/19

We're applying OS patches to the cms and www servers on Thursday, 9/19 starting at 10am. Commonspot authoring will be offline for about 15 minutes starting at 10, and replication will be suspended until the www servers are patched. We anticipate that replication will be back on scheduled by 11am.

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Recommendation for naming pages or files

When creating a page or uploading a file in Commonspot, you're asked to fill the "Name" field. This field is what browsers will see in the page or file URL, not the title of the page. It is recommended to use all lower-case, standard alpha-numeric (a-z, 0-9) characters for the "Name" field, without blank spaces. The dash and underscore characters can be used, but avoid other punctuation such as apostrophe, period, or quote marks, or characters from other language sets.

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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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