This year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) took place at the University of Kent in Canterbury between 11 and 13 July. It was a great opportunity to meet with others who are involved in higher education web management to learn from case studies and share ideas. The following is a summary of the top five lessons we learnt from a web development point of view.
We have just completed the migration of over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate courses from TerminalFour (T4) version 7 to version 8. A blog post describes how we automated parts of this migration, but we were still left with a lot of manual tidying up. This article describes how we ensured the final pages were ready for publishing to the new site.
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We use TerminalFour Site Manager (T4) as our content management system to manage content on the main University website. We are currently migrating content for external facing audiences from version 7 (v7) to the newer version 8 of the software (v8).
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This sprint we have added one new pattern and updated the documentation and examples for a number of others. The following is a summary of notable updates.
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This sprint we have focused on making minor updates to the documentation and HTML code of the digital pattern library, following testing of the site with Sitemorse and feedback from content editors in the digital communications team. The lessons learned from this will enable future patterns to have a more rigorous approach to quality assurance.
This is what we updated this sprint:
We have now updated the ‘long-form’ components of our digital pattern library (DPL). The seven long-form components are used to create longer feature articles such as the “Light Box” story. Having the components clearly defined will make it much easier to implement this in T4 or WordPress and make it faster to create new articles.
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TerminalFour (T4), the company responsible for providing our content management system (also called T4), held a meet-up in Edinburgh on Thursday 24 November 2016. In previous years T4 held a two-day T44U conference in Dublin, Ireland. The new format was designed to make it easier for more local groups to get involved.
There were about 30 participants (not including representatives from T4) from the Universities of St Andrews, Abertay, Dundee, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Highlands and Islands, Newcastle, Strathclyde, York, and even the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth – it was easier for Ian St John to fly from Plymouth to Edinburgh than travel to the alternative meet-up in Manchester!
The aim of the morning session was to give T4 an opportunity to give an update on the product, while in the afternoon to allow customers to share their experiences of the product and to give feedback.
We are currently reviewing the elements of our digital pattern library to ensure they are accessible. By ‘accessible’ we mean do our patterns work for disabled users who are using assistive technology such as screen readers?
The following article gives an overview of WAI-ARIA and how it can be used with HTML to make web content and web applications more accessible. A future blog post will give detailed examples of how we are using WAI-ARIA to make our patterns more accessible.
The current search results pages are optimised for desktop. For those on a mobile device, the user experience is very poor as you have to scroll and zoom to see the information.
We want to improve the experience of searching the website, particulary for those using a mobile device. To do this, we need to understand how users currently search the University website.