Updates on new projects, issues in progress, services, and general Web Publishing information
Friday, May. 8, 2009
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.
Thursday, Apr. 30, 2009
The campus calendar now allows custom calendars to be constructed using the event location for selection. Here's an example: http://www.scu.edu/is/about/events.cfm - listing all events scheduled to take place in the Learning Commons building.
Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2009
There will be a short interruption in Commonspot authoring access, now planned for Wednesday (4/15) morning. The system operators will be upgrading and patching the authoring server, which will require stopping authoring and Commonspot replication for about an hour. This was originally planned for Tuesday afternoon, but has been rescheduled.
Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2009
The "SCU Experience" presentation is now live on the SCU home page - each of the core attributes contains two features, including video and image slideshows. The base template has also been modified - the university seal has taken the place of the mission icon in the image at the top of each page.
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.
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.
Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2009
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.
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.
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.