WEBMASTERS’ COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, December 12, 2000
Adams Room, Physiology Building
Ms. Pridgen called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
Members Present: J. Bethel, J. Chandler, M. Fettman, S. Hilligoss, J. Lenz, C. Moth, M. Pridgen, and L.Tarnoff
Guest: C. Weller
Network Services is remaining site to come into compliance with the 1999 Redesign.
Ms. Pridgen invited feedback on how Bobby Validations are going. It was suggested that a link be used instead of the Bobby icon to indicate the validation. The link would take the user to the Bobby website. Dr. Fettman suggested that a short statement might suffice. It was agreed that the statement, "Bobby approved for disabled users" would work.
Mr. Chris Weller from the Office of University Relations and Colorado State University Webmaster presented a discussion of the future of the CSU main page and where the website will be heading.
Mr. Weller indicated that the CSU website had been reviewed by JAWS to determine how user friendly it is and could be. The University is moving toward dynamic pages that will display text only, some graphics or heavy graphics at the user's request via cookies. Multimedia would be a choice also.
In addition, the site will be incorporating more animation and revolving images via Flash instead of bitmaps.
One of the largest challenges ahead will be the creation of a portal environment on campus. Some committee members attended a meeting that introduced this concept to a number of webmasters on campus. Portals will provide personalized entry and pages for the users.
It is important to the University that the website maintain a fresh appearance that allows users to navigate as easily as possible without a lot of waiting. It is a critical public relations tool.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. in the Adams Room, Physiology Building.
Carol Moth 12/12/00