Archive for 2007
We recently put a new system live that pulls events from the college calendar to the closed-circuit channel 8 on campus--which includes the television sets in the campus center.
Finding people in the Gribly just got a lot easier. That's right, you will now get helpful suggestions that may help you find who you are looking for, especially when you don't know how to spell someone's name.
We just added a few nice features to make browsing the new profiles an easier and richer experience. We hope that these features will encourage visitors to explore the profiles and get to know some of the personalities on campus. You can now browse profiles by department or by tag. We also added a visually […]
We have just put on the finishing touches on the first version of a new profile system that will allow faculty and staff to create a “professional profile” via their web browsers. We’ve tried to keep the form fairly simple and easy-to-use, supplementing the user-provided information with details gleaned from our master database system. The […]
For the last eight years, Gustavus has been asking web publishers to use GoLive to create, edit and maintain their websites. After countless hours training, supporting, troubleshooting and consoling our friends and coworkers, we’ve decided that the madness has to end. We’ve been exploring web-based content management as means to simplify the site maintenance process. […]
We’ve made some noticeable modifications to the Gustavus template recently. The changes were made to address various minor issues, the foremost being usability problems in the “seach/go quickly to…” area of the header. Simple, comprehensive searching Where once we had a “go quickly to…” menu, search box, and search menu, we now have one simple […]
Our Technology Services wiki is powered by MediaWiki—the same software that powers Wikipedia. So far, most things have worked relatively well for us. Even a few upgrades have gone pretty smoothly. The problem However, when we moved to a new server last week, we were stuck with a puzzling problem. Any images in PNG format […]
This week, we were able to retire our old web servers and move to a new set. Since a server’s purpose is to serve content at all times, it isn’t something that you can just casually upgrade like you can a personal computer. It takes a great deal of planning, forcing you to consider how […]
We upgraded our File Not Found Error 404 page today. This upgrade offers three exciting improvements that should help to eliminate confusion, calm nerves, and, in the end, improve the Gustavus website. Here’s a rundown of the three most significant new features: 1. Friendlier, more helpful error message We re-examined the text of the message […]
As part of our ongoing quest to incorporate useful microformats throughout the Gustavus website, we have added an hCard to the footer of every page within the Gustavus template. What does this mean? Now, visitors who use hCard aware technologies, such as the Operator extension for Firefox, will be able to add contact information for […]