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

  •  FAQ option for Bulleted List element

    Thursday, Apr. 10, 2008
    The Bulleted List element now has an option to display the list in a "frequently asked questions" format. The Bulleted List element now has an option to display the list in a "frequently asked questions" format.  The list item titles are listed first, and each title links to the full item description below.  This can be useful not only for FAQ lists, but other lists with numerous items.  The Web Publishing Contact page includes an example of this list format.  The FAQ option is available for either the Directory List or Simple List rendering for this element.
  •  Image slideshow option added to blog element

    Thursday, Apr. 3, 2008
    Using Commonspot's Blog element, you can display multiple images associated with a blog post as an image slideshow.

    Using Commonspot's Blog element, you can display multiple images associated with a blog post as an image slideshow.  The standard options for displaying a single image or a table of thumbnail images are also available.

    View of the Learning Commons from the southwest corner.
  •  Commonspot blog element support for embedded media

    Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2008
    The blog element now supports the display of audio and video content. Add the URL of a media file in the enclosure field in the blog post form. Supported media file types are mp3, swf, flv, and mov.

    The blog element now supports the display of audio and video content.  Enter the URL for an audio (mp3) or video (quicktime,swf, or flash video) in the enclosure field, and an embedded media player will be included in the display of the full blog post.

    This is an example of an embedded audio file (a walking tour of the campus) that is hosted in iTunes U.

  •  Firefox 3 beta and Commonspot

    Monday, Mar. 24, 2008
    A new version of Firefox is now available in a beta release.  We've noticed a few issues in our initial tests using this Web browser and Commonspot.  The most noticeable impact on ease-of-use is that new browser windows are often not resized and positioned in standard forms.  For example, opening an editing window for a text block won't position the new window above the main view. The default settings for handling window opening and resizing can be modified through the Tools > Options > Content > Enable Javascript (advanced) options.
  •  Web Developers move to Learning Commons

    Monday, Mar. 24, 2008
    Web application developer support from Media Services is now located in the new Learning Commons building.  Our office is located on the third level, in room 329. Please direct Web development inquiries to Brian and Tony via the Web Publishing Support Request form.
  •  Upcoming Events right column element updated

    Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008
    The right-column element used to display events has been updated to work with calendars created in the Event Manager system. Like the standard version of the Event summary/details element, this element requires one parameter - the ID number of a calendar configured in the Event Manager. The right-column element used to display events has been updated to work with calendars created in the Event Manager system.  Like the standard version of the Event summary/details element, this element requires one parameter - the ID number of a calendar configured in the Event Manager.

    There are a couple of additional parameters that can be used with this element, along with the calendar id (required) and format (set to "right" for right-column formatting), you can specify the number of items to list (by default it will list up to 10 events), the background color of the element heading, and the heading label text.  You would enter "items=[number]" to set a limit for the number of events to list, "color=[red,gold,beige,gray]" to set the heading color, and "label=[text]" to change the default "upcoming events" label.
  •  Commonspot replication

    Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2008
    Content added or updated in Commonspot since late Tuesday morning has not yet been copied to the www servers. We're working on resolving the problem with Commonspot replication, and expect to have replication back in sync today. Content added or updated in Commonspot since late Tuesday morning has not yet been copied to the www servers.  We're working on resolving the problem with Commonspot replication, and expect to have replication back in sync today.
    Update, Wednesday 10:15 am: Replication is back on its regular schedule, and the www servers are now up to date.
  •  Web color palette updated

    Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2008
    The color palette page has been updated to reflect the schemes used in the recent redesign of the Santa Clara University Web site.
  •  YouTube video element

    Sunday, Mar. 2, 2008
    An element has been added to the Content Well element gallery category that lets you embed a YouTube video in a Commonspot page.

    An element has been added to the Content Well element gallery category that lets you embed a YouTube video in a Commonspot page.  The element requires either the id number of a video, or the full URL.  Optionally, you can specify the height and width of the video display.

  •  Campus Calendar and Tags

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008
    The Campus Calendar has been updated to include a mechanism to create a list of tags, and associate tags with individual events. A custom calendar can then be configured, selecting events with a particular tag. More detail on this feature can be found in the Campus Calendar's Help section. The Campus Calendar has been updated to include a mechanism to create a list of tags, and associate tags with individual events.  A custom calendar can then be configured, selecting events with a particular tag.  More detail on this feature can be found in the Campus Calendar's Help section.
 
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