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Updates on new projects, issues in progress, services, and general Web Publishing information

  •  A work-around for "hopping" Commonspot icons

    Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2009

    Commonspot users frequently encounter problems with access to element icons in pages that have content "below the fold" - content that is not visible when the page content is scrolled to the top of the window.  Clicking on an element icon can cause the page view to "hop" to the top of the page, and you then lose access to the element's menu options.

    A work-around for this problem is to press the CTRL key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) when clicking the element icon.  That should prevent the view from resetting to the top of the page.

    Credit for this useful tip goes to OMC student assistant Chris.

  •  Internet Explorer 8 and Commonspot

    Thursday, Mar. 26, 2009

    Commonspot isn't fully functional (yet) in the new version of Internet Explorer.  Paperthin does intend to include support for IE8 in a forthcoming release, but for now you'll need to stick with IE7 on any system you're using for Commonspot authoring.

  •  Follow SCU news and events on Twitter

    Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009

    The SCU event calendar and Media Relations press releases are now available on Twitter:

  •  Flickr slideshow element

    Friday, Feb. 20, 2009
    A custom element is available to display a slideshow of images from a Flickr set, or selected from tagged images in a Flickr account. The element can be found in the Content Well element gallery category. This element can be used for any images hosted in Flickr, but f you have images that are related to SCU and are of general interest, they may be added to SCU's Flickr account. Send a support request for more information regarding access to Flickr for SCU images.
  •  Include an iTunes U podcast feed

    Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
    If you have content in SCU's iTunes U store, you're not limited to providing access only via the iTunes client. You can include the podcast feed in a Commonspot page, using the "iTunes U Feed" element, now available in the Content Well element gallery category.
  •  Optimizing PDF files

    Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
    When uploading PDF files to your site, be sure to optimize the file for Web viewing. This can reduce the size of the PDF file dramatically, and ensure that viewers accessing your content aren't subjected to unnecessarily long download times.
  •  404 page now includes Google search widget

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
    A widget provided by Google has been added to the www web server's 404 (file not found) page - it takes the URL for the requested page and suggests close matches or alternate links, rather than simply indicate that the page doesn't exist
  •  Email requests for account information

    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

    Several people have reported receiving email requests for SCU id and password information for email accounts, with the message indicating that the request is from "".  This is scam attempt - if you have received an email message with the subject line "VERIFY YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT" requesting that you reply with your account information, do not reply.  As a general rule, you should never send information of this type via email.  SCU online systems do not send requests of this type via email, and any other legitimate secure site would also not ask for password information to be sent in an email message.

  •  Commonspot database outage Wednesday 1/14

    Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

    The Commonspot database server will be offline for maintenance for a brief period of time on Wednesday evening, Jan. 14th.  We expect the actual outage to be for 15 minutes or less.  Commonspot pages will not be served from the cms or www web servers during the outage.  Commonspot authoring will be disabled on the cms server between 9 and 11pm on Wednesday, to avoid interference with the database server maintenance process.

  •  Content copied from Word

    Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
    The text editor used in the Event Calendar, Survey system, and Blog element now includes a new toolbar icon to paste content copied from Word. Use this to clean up the excess HTML that Word applies before when copying/pasting content in the text editor.
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