Top 11 Frequently Asked SRU Webmaster Questions:

1.  Is there a standard template for SRU web pages?

2.  What are the required elements for a SRU web page?

3.  What programs are used for creating web pages at SRU?

4.  Where can I find the SRU wordmarks, SRU green, etc.?

5.  How can I make my images the right size for the web?

6.  How can I figure out what is wrong with this HTML code?

7.  Where can I find someone to help me with our web pages?

8.  How can I be sure our web pages are accessible for those with disabilities?

9.  How can I be sure I am following copyright laws?

10.  What are some of the basic considerations for good web design?  What is usability?

11.  How can I get access to SRU web servers?

 

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1.  Is there a standard template for SRU web pages?

     Yes, at the top level of the web site.  The top level is defined by the University web policy as any page that serves as an entry point for prospective students or external constituents, i.e. the top level page for each administrative unit and each academic unit higher than the teaching departments.  Teaching department web sites will be linked from standardized fact sheets when developed.  If you are working within the SiteBuilder platform, a template is automatically provided when you add a page.  If you are working outside of the SiteBuilder platform and adding content to the university's web server at the top level, contact Sherry Mellott, University Webmaster, to discuss a template.   

2.  What are the required elements for a SRU web page?

     All university web pages should contain clear identification of Slippery Rock University.  Current web guidelines require the inclusion of contact information, a link to the "parent" page (department or unit), and a link to the university's main page (http://www.sru.edu).  Check the University web policy and guidelines or contact the Web Advisory Group for additional questions. 

3.  What programs are used for creating web pages at SRU?

   SiteBuilder is supported by the University and training is offered by the University webmaster.  SiteBuilder has been recently upgraded (2/2007).  The most recent Java update required can be found in the Information Technology folder on the I-drive.  Microsoft Front Page is commonly in use on campus but is no longer being developed by Microsoft.  Training for Microsoft Front Page is provided by Brian Danielson, Instructional Design Specialist.  A replacement for Microsoft Front Page is currently being explored.  Other programs may be used by individuals, including Macromedia Dreamweaver, but no formal training is offered by the University.

4.  Where can I find the official SRU wordmarks, SRU green, etc.?

   Publications Guidelines and Graphic Identity Standards provides guidance from Public Relations.  Images and wordmarks can be downloaded from the Public Relations Lightbox.  The Hex codes for SRU greens are #336633 and #006633.  Contact Public Relations with additional questions. 

5.  How can I make my images the right size for the web?

   Images that are too large slow download time and discourage web page visitors.  In lieu of using PhotoShop or other expensive applications, the following free image editors can resize images and perform some other basic image editing tasks.  Choosing to "constrain proportions" will insure that images are not distorted when resized. 

6.  How can I figure out what is wrong with this HTML code?

   Having a basic knowledge of HTML code can be very helpful, even if using a web editing program.  Use sites like Dr. Watson, NetMechanic, WebLint, HTML Tidy, or the W3C Markup Validation Service to check coding and receive recommendations for improvement.  Web sites such as the HTML Code Tutorial provide basic instruction.  A number of helpful reference books can also be found in the library. 

7.  Where can I find someone to help me with our web pages?

8.  How can I be sure our web pages are accessible for those with disabilities?

   List of Checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
   Check accessibility with WebXACT (formerly Bobby).

9.  How can I be sure I am following copyright laws?

   Authors and artists using SRU computing networks are urged to use only original graphics, sound, and text or to provide written notification of licensure or copyright agreement.  All University web sites must abide by copyright law and respect the intellectual property of others.  Virtually all material fixed in a tangible medium including photos, text (printed and electronic), music, software, and broadcast performance is copyrighted, regardless of actual copyright registration.  Educational "fair use" exemptions may not protect redistribution of copyrighted material beyond, or even within, the University.  For more information, see Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines or contact Philip Tramdack, University Copyright Officer.

10.  What are some of the basic considerations for good web design?  What is usability?

   Although design is often considered synonymous with aesthetics, usability is an essential factor in web design.  Usability refers to the ability of web visitors to locate needed information and complete desired tasks with ease.  Read more about usability, including techniques to incorporate user-focused design into your web pages, at usability.gov or Biggest Mistakes in Web Design.  A particularly helpful book in the library is Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug.  "Good" web design is characterized by the following usability guidelines:

11.  How can I get access to SRU web servers?

   Complete the Information Technology Web Request form.