WEBMASTERS’ COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, March 14, 2000
W01 Anatomy Building
Ms. Lenz called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
Members Present: T. Harmon, M. Hendricks, B. Jones, J. Kammerzell, J. Lenz, C. Moth, M. Pridgen, S. Quick, P. Sollars and L. Tarnoff
Ms. Lenz showed committee members the Microbiology Department page that is now in compliance with the new College standards. Two pages are not complete--Budgets and Finance and Network Services.
Bill Cotton has completed taking photographs for a number of departments in the College. Ms. Lenz will see if he is available to attend our next meeting and give us a chance to see the photographs taken so far.
Ms. Lenz asked if anyone had been using DreamWeaver after the demonstration last meeting. Not many people have had time to do more than look at it.
ILM Link to College Home Page
The Integrated Livestock Management (ILM) group has asked to have their web page posted as a link under the Research and Services Section of the College homepage and on some department pages. Ms. Lenz told them the committee would consider the request today and that they would have to contact departments individually. The committee voted yes, it is appropriate for the ILM to be a link in that section of the College page.
Image for VTH Open House Page
Four images were available for the web page publicizing the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House. Committee members were to vote for one. It was suggested that the four be placed in a random rotation on the page. Committee members agreed with the idea. Mr. Kammerzell demonstrated the tags used for the Diagnostic Lab page's rotating photos. Ms. Lenz will modify and incorporate these tags into the College home page as well as resize the photos to the same WxH dimensions per Mr. Kammerzell. Ms. Lenz will then share the code with committee members.
Absolute vs. Relative Paths
Ms. Quick made a presentation related to absolute and relative links. An absolute link is a specific URL and is used when linking to another site/server. These links will be broken if the pages are moved to another server or if folders are moved around.
Relative links are more user-friendly. They are shorter and easier to manage. The path is relative to the file from which one is linking. If one wants to link to a document at the same level, code it with "/doc.html". If the document is one level above, "../doc.html" would indicate that level by use of the two dots preceding the slash. If the level for the link is below, name the directory and file "/webdocs/doc.html". Relative links are easier to maintain and they can move to another server or directory without the links being broken.
Code for Rotating Pictures
Mr. Kammerzell showed committee members the code to use for rotating a group of pictures at random on a web page. He reminded everyone to put the .cfm extension on the images. Here is the code he used on the Diagnostic Lab page.
<TD WIDTH="290" ALIGN="middle">
<IMG alt="" height=163 src="images/#image_no#.jpg width=240>
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at 9:00 a.m.
Carol Moth 03/14/00