WEBMASTERS COMMITTEE MEETING
February 12, 2002
Members present: Jamie
Bethel, John Chandler, Martin Fettman, Tom Harmon, Sallie Hilligoss, Jill Lenz,
Erin Napier, Mary Pridgen, Sallie Varner
I. Old Business
Forms – Joe Strecker will make last year’s PVM application available for
Sarah Gales to review with JAWS the screen reader. Results will be shared at future
Session Update – held 2 work sessions for 6 people. Went through toplevel page conversion
steps at http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/webmaster/templates/toplevelconvert.html. Any more needed? Idea of revised top navigational image
came up—Jill would be willing to meet with anyone who would like to revise
this. Dr. Chandler suggests using
the new logo in top right corner, CSU logo on top left corner, with header
links and then larger typeface for Department name. Serif fonts seem to be preferred over
sans-serif for large type. Dr.
Fettman would prefer to see all second-level pages designed consistently.
Programs” has been added under “Academic Programs”. List was reviewed, anyone who has
additional programs they want listed should contact Linda Tarnoff.
“Dean’s Office” to “Administration” and include “Dean’s Office” under
flyout instead. Both
“Administration” and “Dean’s Office” point to the same page at http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/cvmbs/dean.html
. . . No strong feelings regarding separating them out to two individual
pages, seems OK to have more than one way to arrive at a page.
link to “Faculty Resources” under “Administration”. Currently “Faculty Resources” points
straight to “FAS”. A separate page
to “Faculty Resources” will be built in the future. Who is working on this?
- Discussed time dedicated to Webmaster Tasks: how much
time spent on Web work, how much we could spend, a wish list of things we’d
like to see on our site but don’t have time and/or ability to make real.
Gave our written estimates and verbal feedback to Marty Fettman for him
to present at planning meetings regarding the College Reorganization so
our needs can be anticipated and budgeted for, and we again discussed the
possibility of having a “web-specialist” in the college assigned the responsibility
for webpage design, with input from our committee members made available
to them. The wish list items mentioned included a Faculty Template, so
that consistent Faculty pages could be created for any Faculty member in
the College, routine submissions to both internal and external search engines
so that our pages are easily found, a search function for faculty's webpages,
a way to dynamically change the text-only College home page to match the
for the web pages of College-specific events such as "Free Pet Dental
Exams", etc. and also up-to-date photos of faculty and staff to replace
any out-of-date photos.
II. New Business
new CSU Home Page was viewed at http://www.colostate.edu. We like the fact that the “Flash” items
are gone, but some members had noticed big gaps of white space in the CSU
Logo area at the top of the page on large screens.
on College Home Page
regarding the wording of "Cancer Cure" link from PVM student
was discussed. We determined
other wording could be used—agreed
“Cancer Center” would be less misleading.
to WebMail requested by a staff person—we decided this would be somewhat
redundant and not needed on our pages.
(Items C and D tabled until next
Access Committee Update
plans – raise awareness of Guidelines and Checklist posted at http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/ATRC/Resources.htm. Please review the two-page checklist -
this is new. Hope to have these
included as Weber Help Desk http://www.colostate.edu/Services/acns/bulls.html. Contacting Council of Deans, Web
Developers Group, etc. to make presentations.
issue of Comment at http://comment.colostate.edu/
mentions CVMBS website. See the
article titled “Assistive resources adapt technology to community needs”
on page 1. It continues on the
last page and this is where our site is mentioned by Sarah Gales, a
screen reader user. Here’s a
quote from an email from Marla Roll, Director of the ATRC about the
“Hello all - just wanted to remind you to check out Comment for a nice
article on Sarah Gales. I do have
to admit though, that I was getting ready to send her an email reminding
her to check it out on the web when I realized that it is in PDF
format. In other words, Sarah has
no means for accessing the article on-line. Kind of ironic....”
Awareness Days, week of March 25th. I’ll be helping with a session in the LSC Student Center
Sunken Lounge from 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. on March 26th, 2002,
which will be offered lab style with several computers set-up running
assistive technology programs that can be used to view web pages. ATRC staff and others will be
available to demonstrate how web pages are read by various technologies. We will have copies of the full version
of the CSU Web Access Guidelines available as well as the new CSU Web
Accessibility Checklist and the CSU Quicktips for Web Access. Questions on Dreamweaver usage and
HTML will be welcomed.
changed to “Bobby Worldwide” (not a free download anymore, complies with
508 Standards, has new icons)
CVMBS logo – high resolution and multiple sizes of .gifs to be added to
meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m. The
next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. in W-1