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Friday, Dec. 16, 2005
We've completed the upgrade to Commonspot 4.6 on the cms server. The new version allows authoring access on platforms and browsers other than Windows/IE6, and includes system performance enhancements.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005
Our attempt to install the Commonspot 4.6 upgrade on the cms server was not successful, and we'll try again after we receive technical support from Paperthin. The new version requires an updated set of license keys, which were not provided as part of the installation packet. We're (tentatively) planning on installing the upgrade on Friday, Dec. 16th.
Monday, Oct. 31, 2005
Two elements have been added to the Content Well element gallery category for displaying RSS feed content, or displaying a subscription link to an RSS feed. Both elements can be configured to use an RSS feed that's developed in Commonspot or use an RSS feed generated in another system.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005
One of the drives in Commonspot's database server drive array has failed, and will be replaced on Wednesday (10/19/2005) afternoon, shortly after 2:30 pm. While the new drive is installed, Commonspot will not be available - Commonspot pages on the cms and www.scu.edu servers will also not be available while the database server is offline. The downtime is expected to be at least one hour. Commonspot authoring will be disabled temporarily at approximately 1 pm, in preparation for the installation of the new drive.
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005
Use this element to display a listing of staff and faculty members for a selected organization in the SCU Phonebook. The element can be configured to display contact information based on the "on-campus" and "off-campus" display preferences specified by individuals in the phonebook, and can optionally include contact information such as phone, fax, email, and location for the selected organization.
An alternate version of the Phonebook element is available for use in the right column of the page. The "Phonebook Organization Contact" element can be found in the Right Column menu in the Element Gallery. Select an organization from the list, and it will display address, phone, fax, email, and campus map location information from the SCU Phonebook.
Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2005
A new element has been added to the Content Well element gallery for displaying a randomly selected image - where a new image is displayed every time the page loads - or displaying a set of images, one at a time, in a rotating sequence.
Monday, May. 2, 2005
Commonspot's content replication cycle is back on schedule, following an interruption due to database errors on the www.scu.edu servers last week. In the replication process, content changes approved for publication on the cms server are copied to the www.scu.edu servers on an automated, two-hour-interval schedule.
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2005
Two enhancements have been added to the Rich Text Editor element:. To guard against losing work-in-progress during an editing session that exceeds the time permitted, an alert message will be displayed 5 minutes prior to the end of an editing session, warning you to save your changes before the session times out. Also, a "Word Cleanup" option has been added to the form, allowing you to remove the excess markup applied in formatted text copied and pasted from Microsoft Word.
Thursday, Mar. 31, 2005
A new element has been added to the Right Column element category: Current Job Listings. This element will display the 3 job listings most recently posted to the HR staff opportunities list. Optionally, you can select job listings for a specific SCU organization. The element displays the job posting title, posting date, and links to the full job description.
Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005
The homepage and base template CMS files were updated to incorporate the new SCU logo and tagline. Along with the logo change, the templates were redesigned to include a revised main navigation element; the "for, about, find" menus at the top of the base template include all of the audience, subject, and utility navigation menus represented on the home page in a compact form. The templates and style sheets are now based on the XHTML document type, resulting in more consistent display in current Web browsers on a variety of systems. Read and discuss the template updates on the Web Publishing Discussion page.