Making web pages more accessible with WAI-ARIA

We are reviewing our digital pattern library to see how it can be more accessible. This article gives an overview of WAI-ARIA.

Thursday 1 December 2016 | Content


Creating prototype UG course pages

The digital communications team is continuing with our digital prospectus project by developing undergraduate course pages. In a previous post, we described the rationale for creating UG pages with more tailored and targeted information, which would be listed by subject …

Thursday 20 October 2016 | Content


PGT launch process – room for improvement

Earlier this year, we created and launched the new centralised postgraduate taught pages for 2016 entry. With the 2016 academic year now upon us, we have launched the 2017 entry versions of these pages to provide information for prospective students …

Thursday 22 September 2016 | Content


Adding new postgraduate taught programmes to Study

Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of schools and academics about the postgraduate taught programmes offered by the University. Launching new, centralised webpages for all of our 2016 PGT courses has meant learning …

Monday 29 August 2016 | Content


Rich media content: the future of University websites

A few weeks ago, myself, Steve and Gareth attended attended IWMW 2016 (the Institutional Web Management Workshop) in Liverpool. The overall theme of the conference this year was ‘Understanding Users; Managing Change; Delivering Services’. I attended a workshop on rich media …

Monday 1 August 2016 | Content


Plain English does not mean “dumbing down”

There seems to be some confusion over this point, so let me be clear – writing in plain English does not equate to “dumbing down” content. In the words of Lorena Sutherland, content lead for Office of the Public Guardian …

Thursday 14 July 2016 | Content


Make your content stand out against the crowd

There’s nothing new under the sun. For the most part, every topic that could be talked about has been talked about. This can be a daunting realisation for digital writers who struggle to produce new and engaging material in the …

Tuesday 12 July 2016 | Content


The new postgraduate taught course pages are live!

Over the last six months, the content team have been working hard to create centralised web pages which advertise each of the postgraduate taught courses on offer at St Andrews for a 2016 entry. With 108 PGT courses to create …

Saturday 25 June 2016 | Content


Why we avoid writing in first person on external pages

As part of the University house style, we do not use first person when addressing external audiences unless speaking from the perspective of the University as a whole. [Note: second person, ‘you’, is acceptable.] It may seem hypocritical to include …

Wednesday 8 June 2016 | Content


Images: Quality over quantity

The modern web is built on strong visual imagery. Sites like Twitter, Netflix, and even LinkedIn, all utilise large images to add to their sites’ appeal, aesthetic, and brand identity. The University of St Andrews’ updated web design uses large …

Monday 9 May 2016 | Content