CRITICAL ACCESSIBILITY and other Drupal Webmaster Updates
As we gear up for summer, sending some important updates that will impact your websites.
SITEIMPROVE: YOU WILL BEGIN RECEIVING TWO REPORTS. DISCOVER THE IMPORTANCE.
UCM web team has been focused on accessibility for years. We are positioning the university for the next step when it comes to supporting its Electronic Information Technology Policy, which will go into effect, Monday, May 1, after having been approved at the March Board of Trustees meeting. We will be expanding both our training and reporting efforts going forward.
All departmental web masters will:
- Continue to receive their regularly scheduled Siteimprove Quality Assurance reports, which have been streamlined to help you more easily identify issues with broken links and misspellings across your website, discover broken links in your PDFs and prioritize the web pages that need your attention the most.
- Receive a new Site Improve Accessibility report, which also reports on the accessibility of the PDFs in your website.
- Apologies that we cannot combine these two reports, causing you to review two separate emails.
- Soon, also receive a new website health scorecard, to help illustrate your quality assurance and accessibility strengths and weaknesses, so that you can work to improve your website’s credibility and compliance with accessibility requirements.
Training and Certification
- The opportunity to pursue a Kent State webmaster accessibility certification, which will help you improve your website health scorecard.
- As space permits, a personal invitation to a select accessibility training, during which you will be introduced to the above information as well as receive a more robust in-house prepared accessibility report with more detailed issues and solutions recommendations. You may also choose to register and attend a training prior to receiving this invitation.
- Upcoming Dates:
- Tuesday, June 6, 2-4 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 26, 9-11 a.m.
Please sign up today if you find a date that works well for you.
The team has launched improved functionality for printing your web pages. Now when you or a website visitor print a Kent State web page the header and footer will be suppressed so that only the core web page content will appear. Our next step will be to add a Kent State logo to the top of the page. Please send your feedback to ldanes [at] kent.edu.
#KENTSTATEUNITED HASHTAG AND HOW TO USE IT
The hashtag #KentStateUnited has been created as unifying element that will help identify events and happenings that demonstrate unity on our campuses. If your department is hosting an event that encompasses the core values associated with this effort, be sure that you tag appropriately (using the guidelines below) so that it will appear on the university’s overarching #KentStateUnited events page.
Add the tag to the event using the tags field. It has to be typed exactly as #KentStateUnited. It is already a part of the content type.
- The tags field is universal, any department that uses it will show in the tags page.
- The tags page is automatically generated. If an additional unique hashtag is added in the tags field, an automatic tag page for that tag is generated as well. Hashtags don’t appear in URLs so the tag page URL will be https://www.kent.edu/event-tags/whatever-the-tag-minus-the-hashtag-sign.
- Watch the listserv for other updates as the team continues to work on ongoing web enhancements.
- Route any questions you have to Lin Danes, director of web services, so that she can triage and have the appropriate team member contact you.
Thank you and have a great rest of the week,