It is time to update the former UW Colleges 2-Year campus names with their new Branch Campus Names. This needs to be complete by September 7th. The names are listed below.

Old Name New Name
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County
UW-Barron County UW-Eau Claire – Barron County
UW-Fond du Lac No change yet
UW-Fox Valley No change yet
UW-Manitowoc UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus
UW-Marathon County UW-Stevens Point at Wausau
UW-Marinette UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus
UW-Marshfield/Wood County UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield
UW-Richland UW-Platteville Richland
UW-Rock County UW-Whitewater at Rock County
UW-Sheboygan UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus
UW-Washington County UW-Milwaukee at Washington County
UW-Waukesha UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha

Here is the list of places on our website that need to be updated. (You can also view the list in Site Improve.) It is sorted by URL so you should be able to look and easily find any pages on your website. We have tried to filter the list to exclude references to historical events that happened when the campus was using the old name. The names in the Map/Roster module will be updated on the morning of September 4th.

If you have any questions about if an instance needs to be changed or how to make the changes, please email webteam@uwsa.edu.

If you are concerned that you won’t be able to update your website between August 27th and September 7th, please also email webteam@uwsa.edu.

As you may be aware, former UW Colleges campuses are being renamed to reflect their new branch status. We have worked with the restructuring team to compile a list of places on our website where the 2-year campuses’ names need to be updated.

The majority of the new names will be approved at the Board of Regent’s meeting at the end of this week. After they are approved, we have two weeks to update our website.

Here is the list of places on our website that need to be updated. (You can also view the list in Site Improve.) It is sorted by URL so you should be able to easily find any pages on your website. We have tried to filter the list to exclude references to historical events that happened when the campus was using the old name. Please also note that instances on the Map/Roster module will be automatically updated via the code.

If you have any questions about if an instance needs to be changed or how to make the changes, please email webteam@uwsa.edu.

Please be prepared to make these changes between August 27th and September 7th. If you are concerned that you won’t be able to update your website between August 27th and September 7th, please also email webteam@uwsa.edu.

Styled tables with a header row and horizontal striping.

By default tables on our website look pretty plain, but we do have options available to spiff up tables.

To access the options, put your cursor in the table, click the table dropdown button in the toolbar use the “Table Properties,” “Table Row Properties,” and “Table Cell Properties” menu items to specify styling for your table.

There are a bunch of options for styling your table:

  • In the Row and Cell Properties menu, use the Cell/Row type to select the header style. This will give you a red background with white text.
  • To have shaded table rows throughout your table, in the Table Properties menu use the Class dropdown to select a style.
  • To shade specific rows or cells, use the Class dropdown in the Table Cell/Row Properties to select a shading color.
  • To make all borders visible on your table, use the Table Properties menu and choose “All Borders” from the Class dropdown.

For more information, see the Styling Tables article in the documentation.

We recently added some new options to make the dynamic event list more flexible. You can now display events in the recent past and display events within a static range of dates.

For example, you may currently display a list of future events on your site. It may be helpful to also include events from the last week so people checking visiting your site just after the event can see the materials from that event. Do this by adding a number to the “Display events that occurred in the previous” field.

Or, you may want a page with links to all of your 2016 meetings. You can now do this by adding a Dynamic event list with Static dates.

event options sccreenshot

More information

You may notice starting today that there is a new format menu availablestyle examples when you are editing text in Zuse. These should make it easier for you to write pages with specific styling needs and keep your site accessible. The new options are:

  • Small text: Use small text for warnings or disclaimers.
  • Large text: This should be used in introductory text or other text you want to emphasize that isn’t a heading. It shouldn’t be used in please of the heading styles, but should be used when you want to have large text that isn’t a heading. For example, see the Career Connect homepage.
  • Alerts: Use these styles to emphasize notices and warnings on your site. This is especially good for items that are temporary. These work the same as the Notice Zuse Create modules, but you can now add them in Rich Text.
  • Screen Reader Only text: When you apply this style to text, it won’t be visible on the page, but will be visible to screen readers. Use this if you need to distinguish links for screen readers when it may be obvious for sighted users. Feel free to ask the web team if you think this may be a useful style for you but aren’t sure.

You can use these options with the “Format” dropdown in the second row of buttons in the toolbar. If you don’t see the second row of buttons, use the “Toggle Toolbar” button to open it up.

format dropdown

If you have questions, please contact the webteam at webteam@uwsa.edu.

You may know that you can use Site Improve to view statistics about visits to your site. Now, we can get a better idea of where that traffic is coming from.

The Helpdesk recently helped us using campus IP address lists to add filters that allow us to view traffic that comes from campuses.

In SiteImprove Analytics, choose the filter. There are options for each campus, and “UW-System-wide” which includes all campuses. Finally, you will see a “Public” filter which excludes all campuses.

screenshot of using filters in SiteImprove

Related Links

As you may know, the web team works hard to make our website accessible. This means our content can be consumed by people of all abilities. This is good because we want everyone to be able to access our content, but we are also required by the Department of Education to meet accessibility standards.

Web editors have a part to play in web accessibility as well. To help editors build and maintain sites that are accessible, we are going to begin sending editors regular accessibility reports similar to the broken link and misspelling reports you should already be getting.

The reports will report on issues such as:

  • All images have appropriate alt text.
  • All links are descriptive.
  • Appropriate HTML tags are used.

Additional items that the reports may not catch, but that web editors are responsible for include:

  • PDFs are accessible. This means they cannot be scans of documents, but must be made directly using the program that was used to create them.
  • Images don’t contain text.
  • Videos are captioned or transcripts are available.
  • Headers are used appropriately on the page.

The web team will be working in the next month to set up Accessibility reports for all sites. We may reach out to you with questions about how you would like the reports configured. If you would like to get to work on this ASAP, please contact us, and we’ll set you up first!

Thank you all for the work you do on our website.

The web team is always working to improve the accessibility of our website, and we want to remind users that they need to follow best practices to make their content accessible.

Why think about accessibility?

Issues editors need to address

You can log into your Site Improve account to view accessibility issues with your pages. Zuse Editors are responsible for making sure that all issues with “Editor” responsibility are addressed. Below is an overview of some of the issues you may find and how to address them. See Using Site Improve for Accessibility in our documentation for more information on how to view reports and fix issues.

Note: Because Site Improve can’t understand our content, the software may miss issues. Make sure you are following the below guidelines even if Site Improve isn’t flagging any issues.

Image Issues

All images should have an alt attribute. By default, if you don’t add alt text to your image, Zuse will mark it as null, meaning the image is purely decorative. Site editors are responsible for adding descriptive alt text if the image is not purely decorative.

If you do add alt text to your image, write a short description of the image. It shouldn’t be more than a handful of words.

Images should not include text. Do not include images of text because they can’t be interpreted by screen readers. If you include a graph or any image that contains content, make sure that content is also available in a different format.

Link Issues

Link text needs to be descriptive and understandable, even out of context. This means using text that describes where the link is going instead of something like “click here.” On a page, links with the same text need to go to the same place.

Heading Issues

Screen readers rely on headings to give site visitors an outline of the content on the page. Using headings properly also makes your page easier to navigate for people of all abilities.

As much as possible, headings should be semantic, meaning they follow a structured layout with the largest heading coming first. Page titles are always level 1, so the first heading in your content should be a level 2.

Using PDFs

All PDF documents that you link to from our website must be accessible. This means that they must be made directly from a program like Word and cannot be scanned images.

Additional Resources

See which tabs & accordions site visitors are clicking on

We are now tracking clicks on tabs and accordion items in Site Improve. You can use this data to see which information is the most popular. We have been collecting this data for tabs since May 8th and for accordions starting June 12th. Data from before those dates is unavailable.

To view the analytics:

  1. From the Site Improve Analytics page, choose Event Tracking > Pages with Events from the menu on the left side.
  2. Select the page with the tab or accordion menu you are interested in. (It may help to choose the group in the top grey bar first to filter to only pages on your site.)
  3. Select Events from the menu on the side. Look for the “Tab Switch” events and the “Accordion Click” events.

Note: Don’t be alarmed if you see events with a label in a foreign language. This happens if someone is using their browser to translate our website.

Want help viewing this data? Have other questions about how people are using your site? For more information about using Site Improve to track visitors behavior, please reach out to the web team at webteam@uwsa.edu. We can help you find out what your more popular pages are, how people are getting to your site, and what they are clicking on once they are there.

Update to look and feel of tabs

You may have noticed that when a screen was small or there were a large number of tabs, the tabs would wrap and look a little funny:

Now, the site will detect that this is happening and display the tabs as “pills” or buttons instead of tabs when there is more than one line of them.

This especially effects site visitors using mobile devices when most of our tab menus would not fit on a single line.

There is no need for you to do anything. This change is implemented automatically when the tab menu is too wide to fit on a single line.

Hopefully this can in part serve as a friendly reminder to check in on your website to make sure they are up to date. As the school year ends, there may be things that need to be refreshed or removed. Please remember that there should be no more than five years of records stored on the site.

If you are looking for a more intensive refresh of your website, feel free to reach out for us for a site review. We can help you with all sorts of things including adding new content on the site, cleaning up a site that is getting bogged down with out of date content, or re-working the structure of the site to better server your users. If you’d like some help or advice, please email webteam@uwsa.edu to schedule a meeting, or meet us at an upcoming Open Lab:

  • Next Tuesday May 23rd at 1:00 in Van Hise 1511
  • Wednesday May 31st at 2:00 in Regent 213
  • Wednesday June 7th at 10:00 in Van Hise 1511

Thank you for working with Ian on the file audits. It is important for us to not let documents that are no longer used to stay on the website. It helps keeps the cost of running the site under control and ensures people don’t find out of date documents accidentally.

For your information, the Web Team has started a review of the content of all of the websites, partly to just make sure we are aware of what is out there. We may reach out to you if we have any questions. We do expect it to take some time, and won’t be reaching out to every site, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear anything.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns you can always reach out to webteam@uwsa.edu or give Rachel a call at 263-2203. Please, send us any suggestions you have for improvements you’d like to see or ideas for new features.