Present: Jamie Bethel, Marty Fettman, Tom Harmon, Charlie Kerlee, Erin Napier, Mary Pridgen, Linda Tarnoff, Sallie Varner, Merry Wright
Jamie led the group in introductions to Merry Wright, the new webmaster for ERHS. Merry provided an overview of her previous web experience and her impressions on web page changes the ERHS faculty are suggesting. In particular Merry has questions on College and CSU web page standards that she must take into account as she works on changes to the ERHS pages.
The group looked at the Webmaster committee page, along with links to our page guidelines and templates. We discussed both College and University guidelines and standards and for accessibility.
The new footer script provided by Jamie was discussed. Some people had placed it into pages successfully and others hadn't. Jamie gave an overview of why we are changing the script for the footer and explained the instructions he had provided so that it could be used successfully. An important point is that, because the script points to a file on the network server, it will not look correct unless it is run from the server. When you insert the new footer script, while it will not hurt if you leave the old script in the file, it will keep the coding cleaner if you remove the old footer script.
Jamie reminded the committee that web files should use the extension .htm, rather than .html.
Discussion turned to the current College home page and, in particular, the “In the News” section. Suggestions were provided for minor changes to the page so that fewer items (like Insight) “drop off” the bottom of the screen. The biggest suggested change was that a link called “Additional News Items” be added and many of the listed news items placed on that page, along with a link to the News Archive page. It was the group's opinion that this would help keep the CVMBS home page from becoming bogged down with listed text items.
Sallie suggested that it might be time for Paul Maffey to provide a new photo for the South Campus Expansion link.
Dr. Fettman started discussion on a problem that has been discovered by the Office of Equal Opportunity. Occasionally CV's are posted on the web for candidates who are on campus to interview for faculty openings or present a seminar. When posting a CV on the web, be sure to remove all personal information (social security number, home address, phone number) from the document before posting. The same holds true for CSU faculty CV's which may be linked to faculty web pages.
A final topic -- Review strengths and weaknesses of recent college websites – was put on hold until the next meeting.