Present: Jill Lenz, Erin Napier, Linda Tarnoff, Sallie Varner, and Merry Wright.
Merry Wright, Chair, started the meeting at 9:00 am
Discussion: Members present felt most faculty and staff that consider the Web site a recruitment or marketing tool are typically very cooperative in providing content. This is very helpful since we are not the content experts. There are frustrating complaints from other faculty and staff who propose content or ask where content is that already exists, for example seminar lists. They just don't know the pages are there.
Discussion: On the topic of "intranet" we took a look at the RamPoint Portal accessible only by CSU eID. Merry signed in and we reviewed the "Academics" and "Research" tabs and wondered if our people are using it? We don't even have a link to it on our Web pages. The "Academics" tab provides links to courses schedules, the General Catalog, advising and more. The "Research" tab provides useful information such as tracking submitted proposals, awards received, upcoming deadlines, and many other resources. The "Library" tab provides a link to login to your library account and reserve books. Merry mentioned she searches and requests books through this system and uses the option to have the items saved at the front desk for pick up or sent though campus mail.
CSU Communications and Creative Services issued a memo on November 1, 2007 as follows (originally posted at the WebDev home page):
TO: All campus web developers, web designers, web content managers, and subnet managers
FROM: Communications and Creative Services
RE: URLs of Main page required links are changing
With assistance and direction from the University Administration, in the next two weeks Communications and Creative Services will be launching a new version of the Colorado State University Homepage. This redesign is in support of the ongoing branding initiatives of the university while preserving much of the familiar structure of what works today.
In the past, the basic link structure and filenames (using the familiar "index.asp?file=et_cetera" system) were preserved between each design generation. This time, however, that is not possible as we have moved to .NET and the master pages model.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU: Since the "Web Site Requirements & Guidelines" (http://webdev.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=guidelines) specify several required links for all CSU web pages, you likely have many links in your web pages that will need to change. Here is a guide to what is changing:
Equal Opportunity Statement
- old: http://welcome.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=info_csu-equalop
- new: http://welcome.colostate.edu/info-equalop.aspx
- old: http://welcome.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=info_csu-disclaimer
- new: http://welcome.colostate.edu/info-disclaimer.aspx
- old: http://welcome.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=info_csu-privacy_pol
- new: http://welcome.colostate.edu/info-privacy.aspx
- old: http://welcome.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=info_studentpage-disclaimer
- new: http://welcome.colostate.edu/info-studisclaimer.aspx
Other Items of Note
Central Search Resource**
- old: http://search.colostate.edu/index.asp
- new: http://search.colostate.edu **
The CSU Homepage**
- old: http://welcome.colostate.edu/index.asp
- new: http://welcome.colostate.edu **
**If you link to "index.asp" on these items, omit the filename entirely and just go with the domain. If you link directly into a search resource, contact me for more information.
TIMELINE: These links have already been enabled on the current homepage, so we encourage you to make the change now to avoid any unforeseen problems when the site is launched. Nonetheless, once the new design is live, we will have a redirection system with monitoring in place to handle requests to the old URLs.
Please note that this will only update links for pages that use the current templates or refer to the footer.js file located in the root of our Web server. There may be some pages where these links are hard-coded in or the page refers to a different footer.js file which will need to be changed. Try a Dreamweaver source code search. If you come up with nothing, you may be aware of some lower level pages that aren't using the current templates where these changes will need to be made.
The meeting concluded at 10:08 am.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 8th, 9:00-10:00 am, Environmental Health Building Conference Room 120.
Minutes submitted by Jill Lenz.
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