EMBEDDING SOCIAL MEDIA IN WEBPAGES

Although it's only been around a few short years social media now competes for a big chunk of our time, not just as users but also as web managers. Grabbing viewers is now a focal point of some of our bosses to the point of them turning to you or someone else in your unit to research, create, post, monitor, and maintain a presence on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and whatever comes along today.

Helping put a "face" to your social media each of the most popular destinations provide their own applications - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. How all of those accounts might look together on your unit's website can be seen in the lower section of the UK Social Media homepage.

If you'd like to provide access to photos or videos on your site Cooliris Express' LiveShare is a worthy option, as seen on UK Social Media's YouTube and Flickr list pages. Cooliris provides step-by-step directions for creating and then embedding the code into your pages. In addition to YouTube and Flickr, Cooliris also has steps to embed Picassa and RSS feeds.

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EXPERIMENTING WITH HTML5

College of Engineering's Chris Gabel answered the call to speak about his experience with HTML5. While Chris admits the site is not ready for prime time the due date he's been given will allow him to learn and experiment even more.

The Source Code for Chris's test site shows the simplified DOCTYPE tag at the top and other elements that make HTML5 a more logical language to use for websites.

If you remember, back in July 2011 we reviewed and posted the article A Basic HTML5 Template. It showed a streamline coding method for DOCTYPES, languages, character encoding, script tags, etc. I encourage you to revisit this article and do your own experimenting with your current site and see what you can eliminate to streamline your coding.


UK’S ONLINE SURVEY CREATOR, QUALTRICS

UK has purchased the use of Qualtrics, an advanced survey tool with over 100 question types created with researchers in mind.

Similar to tools such as SurveyMonkey or LimeSurvey, Qualtrics supports many different languages, has an easy to use set of reporting tools, and may export data into excel and SPSS for more in-depth data analysis. This survey tool also makes it easy to securely give edit, result, activation/deactivation, copy and distribute rights to other team members. It also has SAS 70 Certification and meets the rigorous privacy standards imposed on health care records by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

After registration, an email will be sent to your official UK email address containing an upgrade code as well as account creation/upgrade information. Registered users may create an unlimited number of surveys, as well as collect an unlimited number of responses. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Dan O'Brien at (859) 257-2641.


QUICK TIPS

VGA, DVI DISPLAY INTERFACES TO BOW OUT IN FIVE YEARS
ESSENTIAL BROWSER TOOLS FOR WEB DEVELOPERS


SITE REVIEWS

Education Abroad - www.uky.edu/EducationAbroad


CONFERENCES

An Event Apart – Seattle, April 2-4 - aneventapart.com/2012/seattle/
InfusionCon (social media) – Phoenix, April 2-4 - http://2012.infusioncon.com/
Breaking Development (mobile) – Orlando, April 16-18 - 2012.bdconf.com/
ConvergeSE – Columbia, SC, April 27-28 - convergese.com/
An Event Apart – Boston, June 18-20 - aneventapart.com/2012/boston/
Google I/O 2012 – San Francisco, June 27-29 - https://developers.google.com/events/io/
An Event Apart – Austin, July 9-11 - aneventapart.com/2012/austin/
eduWeb Conference – Boston, July 30-Aug. 1 – www.eduwebconference.com/