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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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Summary text in Event Calendar submissions

When submitting an event to the Campus Event Calendar system, you'll notice a new "summary" field in the event entry form.  The summary text will be used in the RSS feed generated for the event calendar, instead of the full event description text.

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Commonspot authoring downtime

We're planning an application server upgrade on the cms server on Thursday (10/1) morning.  The upgrade is scheduled to start at 8am and should be completed by mid-morning, Authoring access will be unavailable during the upgrade.  Sorry for the short notice on this system upgrade - the new version of the application server should improve the performance and server stabiity issues we've been seeing in recent weeks.

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SCU Mobile Site

We're working on a prototype for a version of the SCU web site optimized for mobile devices. You can read more about this project and view the mobile site in development at scu.edu/webpublishing/mobile .

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Mobile Web Survey

We've assembled an online survey of mobile Web use, intended to gather information about how people at SCU use Web access via mobile devices.  If you're using the mobile Web, you're invited to take the survey.

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Commonspot Documentation

In yesterday's Commonspot Site Administrator meeting, a request was made for a printed user guide for the CMS.  There is Commonspot Contributor Guide (PDF) available - it's a lengthy document, and since the CMS system is updated with some regularity it wouldn't be recommended to print the entire publication, since some of the material will become out of date with future system upgrades.

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Restoring the CSS menu in the text editor

The rich text editor includes a menu of CSS styles that can be applied to headings, paragraphs, lists and tables.  If you don't see anything in the CSS menu when editing a page, here's how to correct that:

  • Open the page (or subsite template) in Author mode.
  • Click "Style Sheets" in the Properties & Actions menu.
  • Select "Use Style Sheet..."

No changes are necessary in the next form, just click Finish to apply the change.

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Missing templates in Template Gallery

Following the Commonspot 5 upgrade, many people have noticed that the Template Gallery doesn't include their own subsite templates.  This problem can be corrected by updating the security settings for your template.  Here's how to do that:

  • Open the template in Author mode (you can find the template by selecting from the template hierarchy list in a template-based page).
  • Select "Template Security" from the Properties & Actions menu.
  • Click "add a new group" and select Authenticated Users from the group list.
  • Give this group the "Read" permission, and save that change.
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New formatting options in the text editor

The rich text editor element in Commonspot 5 includes a few changes in the way we access the HTML source, along with new options for applying formatting to text via an HTML property inspector, and through an improved Word/markup cleanup utility.

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Referring Pages lists aren't complete

If you're checking the "referring pages" list in the Tools & Information menu or the Subsite Admin page reports, be advised that the lists of pages are not complete.  Any link reference established before the upgrade to Commonspot 5, and not updated since that date, will not appear in these lists.  We're working on fixing this issue, but for now the referring pages lists are not reliable.

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Editing images in Commonspot

Commonspot 5 includes an image editing utility, accessible via the Image Gallery.  Use the image editor to resize images, create thumnails, and modify the image position, alignment, brightness and contrast.

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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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