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Important Dates

Drupal Lounge
(tentative) June 19, 2013 Wednesday, 2-4PM, 100 Hardymon Building

Web Publishers Meeting
(tentative) July 16, 2013 Tuesday, 2-3PM, Location TBA

CHANGES IN THE CAMPUS WEB SEARCH ENGINE

(Thanks to Dave Elbon for the presentation and following explanation. Also see http://www.uky.edu/Providers/searching.html.)

The current Google Search Appliance (diogenes.uky.edu) license expires on June 30, 2013 and will not be renewed. Google Custom Search Engines (CSEs), using a Google-hosted free service, are being created to duplicate the function as closely as possible.

If you have a custom search form that restricts searches to your server or area on a server using the search appliance, you will need to set up your own Google Custom Search Engine to get similar results.

Google's Custom Search Engine information starts here:http://www.google.com/cse/

The Google branding from the search boxes or results cannot be removed, but as a non-profit, educational institution UK qualifies for ad-free results pages which are controlled by a setting in the Business section of the CSE definition.

In a manner similar to the Google Search Appliance, with Custom Search Engines we can define keywords and phrases that will cause specified pages to be promoted to the top of the results. The general UK-wide CSE already has our existing definitions included. If you have others that should be added, or corrections, send the details to webmaster@ukcc.uky.edu. If you set up your own CSE you can define any promotions you may need.  This is in the Search Features section of the CSE definition.

Sample pages using several CSEs are available as templates and for testing.

Examine the code on those pages to see how Custom Search Engine (CSE) calls are set up. To get the full functionality of the Google CSE requires Javascript on the web browser. There is a script (supplied by Google) defined in the head section and gcse:search or gcse:searchbox-only tags in the body that dynamically define the search box and results. There is code on the sample pages to provide as much function as possible without Javascript in noscript blocks. The cx parameter selects the CSE that will be used. Each CSE has an identifier assigned by Google. The sample pages use the cx codes for the CSEs described above.

The plan is to also have a redirector set up so that any forms not fixed in time will redirect from diogenes.uky.edu to a Google CSE page and continue to operate in at least a limited fashion. This is planned to begin operating on July 1, 2013.

We will continue to expand and refine this information to assist web authors who will need to update search forms on their sites and make it available.


CHECKING FOR BROKEN & OLD STATIC LINKS

(Thanks to Kevin Veach for the explanation and presentation.)

Broken links affect visitors experience (speed, frustration), search engine ratings, and reveals how up-to-date your site is (or isn't).

Broken Link Checker (http://brokenlinkcheck.com) checks both internal and external links. The free version: scans 3,000 site pages, but unlimited broken links are listed; scans internal and external pages on the site; identifies web address, page, and even code line where the link is located; and reports server error codes.

For Drupal administrators there is the Drupal Link Checker Module (http://drupal.org/project/linkchecker). It creates reports of the Drupal site (which can be sorted by page owner and location), checks internal and external links, and shows broken links in reports and logs. In addition, an author specific broken links report is available in “My account.”


SIX USEFUL JAVASCRIPT LIBRARIES FOR DEALING WITH DATA

Several of you may be dealing with requests to present analytical or other data on your websites in easy to understand or viewable formats.

Computerworld's has compiled a list of open-source JavaScript libraries that can help turn your data into a suitable format for analysis or a compelling online presentation.

The breakout of each library includes what it does, what's cool, drawbacks, skill level, examples and where to learn more.

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DRUPAL@UK UPDATE: NEW TEMPLATES COMING SOON

Prospective and current students consistently cite the web as the go-to source for information about majors, departments, and programs-of interest with functionality consistently a concern. That's where brand consistency becomes an important part of that effort. Other universities we compare ourselves to - or to which we aspire - have made or are making the move to greater brand consistency on the web.

UK's plan, coming from the highest echelons of the administration, is to develop consistency of brand and functionality across campus. Toward that end UK will soon hire a Drupal coordinator to serve as resource/trainer for development of sites and designs across the campus. That person will build a Drupal colony, then create a timeline for implementation of new design standards

A UK group has already been working closely with Cornett Integrated Marketing Solutions to design and test templates for both the Drupal environment and Dreamweaver users. Also under discussion is creating resources and training to implement the standards, andž provide support.

More about those standards and the roll out of new templates will be sent via the WEBPUBSANNOUNCE listserv when it becomes available.


CONFERENCES

CSS Conference - May 28, Amelia Island, FL - http://cssconf.com/
WordCamp Milwaukee - June 7-9 - http://2013.milwaukee.wordcamp.org/
An Event Apart: Boston - June 24-26 - http://aneventapart.com/event/boston-2013?/2013/boston/
DevCon5 - July 24-25, New York City - www.html5report.com/conference/newyork/
An Event Apart: DC - August 5-7 - http://aneventapart.com/event/washington-dc-2013?/2013/dc/
An Event Apart: Chicago - August 26-28 - http://aneventapart.com/event/chicago-2013?/2013/chicago/