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Web Council - January 21, 2010

Ougl 220, 9:00 to 10:30am

  • Use of the Header/Footer wizard
    • Goal is to standardize navigation so people can always find their way back home
    • 145 people have actually downloaded a test widget
    • Header color choices
      • Purple is favorite background color - 77%
      • Gold - 35%
      • Patch purple - 35%
      • Patch gold - 35%
      • Search box in header - 73%
    • Footer color choices
      • Purple - 50%; Gold - 11%
      • With W, 27%; without W 59%
      • Some sites do not use the footer
    • Actual implementations
      • www.com.washington.edu
      • courses.washington.edu/conj553
      • staff.washington.edu/scottm (wordpress template coming soon)
      • www.washington.edu/alumni
      • engr.washington.edu
      • iss.washington.edu
      • depts.washington.edu/slsuw
  • Newsletter self-service sign-up and un-sign-up
    • Colin McClure from UW Advancement is nearing completion of a newsletter sign-up and un-sign-up interface to Convio
    • The goal is one central signup for email for the whole campus, providing UW email subscription management, sends confirmation message
    • Can show every interest available at the UW
      • Lets person select their interests from a display of checkboxes
      • System has a blacklist that hides lists not open to the public
    • Provides a way for a person to update their personal information, including name, email address, email format preference
    • Unsubscribe option; can unsubscribe from all email from the UW (remembers what you were subscribed to if you change your mind); can opt-out from specific interests/centers but resubscribing would be a manual process
    • Have conducted usability tests in terms of the functionality of the tools, but not sure whether visitors will understand the interface
    • Interface is hosted in an iframe and can be dropped into any site
      • Challenge is to accomodate centers with branding somewhat separate from the UW, such as Burke Museum
      • May require creating alternative templates for some situations, will work on that in a later stage
    • Will go live with the personal email preferences menu on the UW Foundation site first
    • System will provide more transparency so a person can tell what they are signed up for, choose what they want, and continue to adjust their preferences through time
  • Suggesting "subscribed links" (customized links) for the main UW search.
    • Jeff Hendrickson described new form on the UW Marketing site for requesting subscribed links, which are links that come up at the top of the UW Google search (try IMA on UW Search)
    • When the service is available it will be added to the Toolkits page
    • Subscribed links can include html including links and graphics
    • Do not want time specific links since maintaining subscribed links is a labor-intensive process
      • Procedure for updating keywords is a bit cumbersome, involves downloading, editing, and uploading xml file
    • Form submits a request; responding to the request might involve resolving conflicts in keywords
    • Would be good to keep the subscribed link keywords at a very high level for the whole UW
    • Some keywords are date sensitive, such as "graduation"
  • Update to the UW Alert system -
    • You too can have alerts show up magically on your site by simple code to your Web page:
      <script type="text/javascript" src="http://emergency.washington.edu/alert.js"></script>
    • UW Alert banner is a separate system from normal news content process
    • Should be pretty quiet, rarely used but when a serious emergency occurs the alert message will automatically appear
    • Instructions will be posted on the Toolkit, explanation of what type of postings are likely to be made
    • The script is now located on the emergency.washington.edu server (used to be on depts.washington.edu/uweb/
      • The old version was a test, worked well, has now been moved to emergency server, which is very unlikely to go down
      • The old code with the location will stop working soon
    • There will be a test code you can use to see how it works on your page
    • Produces an alert that looks exactly like what would be on the UW home page
    • In the discussion, interest was expressed in having Scott Mah come and tell us about UW emergency planning
      • Can DNS failover to out-of-region servers be set up?
      • Can we have a system for maintenance of key pages in offsite locations, possibly in lightweight design format for fast serving
      • How will we deal with the massive flood of email and Web traffic in an emergency event
      • Maybe our Mobile design projects could include consideration of texting as a means for communicating during emergencies
  • Campus Maps (http://www.washington.edu/maps/) will soon include parking information
    • Parking will show as another category in the Noteworthy Locations box
    • It would be nice to be able to show routes from one location to another that have the least stairs, or on other accessibility criteria, such as routes that include doors accessible by ramps and opening mechanisms
    • The maps now include a method for linking to a map showing specific location of a building
    • Parking data is currently only for UW main campus, does not include south Lake Union or other campuses
    • Are generic Google maps getting this information? Are they being updated as we gather the information?
      • No, Google is not getting the our information directly
      • Google maps now shows considerable detailed labelling anyway, some of it wrong
    • An entry will be put on the blog (https://www.washington.edu/externalaffairs/uwmarketing/toolkits/blog/) when parking appears on the map
    • Suggestions for changes or updates to maps can be submitted through the "Leave Feedback" button on lower right of map page
  • Announcements
    • UW Impact site (http://uwimpact.org/) is now up, informed advocates of the university of washington
      • Staff/faculty cannot engage in the discussions from the work, have to go home and do it from their own computers and using their private email and identity
    • Extension is working on a new design
    • iSchool is putting out a new redesigned section next week
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