Q & A

Is there any policy against our allowing a commercial site to link to our site.

There is no policy against letting other sites link to your pages. There are, however, a few things to be aware of. First, many of the e-mails you will get of this nature are auto-generated as people try to get links form anywhere they can to increase their search rankings. If they are simply asking to link to your site, fine. however, if they are asking for a link exchange (you link to me and I'll link to you), avoid it. If they are not worth lining to on their own merits, never link to them and if the only way they will link to you is if you provide a link back, then you don't need their link anyway. Also, be careful with deep linking. There may be times when you want to request the link be to a higher page than the one they want to link to. This may be particularly true when it comes to faulty research pages.

 

Web Policy Review

Responsibility and Accountability

Section IV.A.1.a. of the Web Policy specifies that the appropriate university official (i.e., Vice President, Dean, Department Chair, Committee Chair, Director, etc.) shall formally designate a specific individual or committee to administer Web materials that represent an official University unit. That official also shall provide for appropriate mechanisms and procedures to ensure that the official materials are accurate, up to date, and in conformance with all applicable University policies and regulations. The University official is responsible for keeping University Public Relations informed of these designees.

All of which is to say, every Web site has two people or groups of people who are officially connected to it. Those who are responsible for the day to day operation of the site. That is to say, the folks who come to Web pubs. And those who are ultimately held accountable for a site and its content which will typically be a department chair, dean, director or the like. If you do not know who these people are for your site, you should find out as soon as possible.

WHAT FONT SIZE TO USE

There are many different ways to declare a font size including points, pixels, inches, numeric designations ("1"), relative designations ("x-small"), ex's, em's and percentages. Here are some general rules for using these.

First and foremost stick a system and stick to it. While the different sizes can be intermixed within the rules, it tends to lead to headaches down the road. With CSS because items inherit there size from any parent elements, if you have not followed this rule, you may see surprising effects when you want to make a change to a single paragraph.

Second, avoid absolute sizing such as pixels and points. I'll start by acknowledging that these are not technically absolute since the size of a pixel is relative to the monitor values. That said, they are in a sense, more absolute than other values. There are a couple reasons to avoid them including a lack of proper inheritance, limitations on the ability of the user to resize them and encouraging a false sense of control over the Web page presentation.

Third, avoid relative word designations such as medium and x-small because they don't give sufficient flexibility and avoid ex's because they are not broadly enough supported.

Therefore, the two font size methods to use are em's and percentages. These are functionally the same (an em uses the size of the letter em in the system default font of the browser, percent is, obviously, a percent of that same default font). Some folks like to use em's because you start with 1 and go from there. Perhaps increasing the size to 1.2 em. Because values are inherited. If you have a div with a font size of 1.2 and a paragraph inside that with a font size of .5, that paragraph will actually be .6 of the default font size. Percentages start from 100%. The principle is the same. If you then lower the font in a div to 80% and then increase the font of a paragraph in that div by 150%, it will be 120% of the default value (.80 x 1.50 = 1.2).

Personal Space

Just a quick clarification that all faculty, staff and students are entitled to personal space on the University's Web servers provided that the use of that space is professionally or institutionally relevant and does not interfere with the function of the servers and use of the servers for the primary purpose.

Updates

A whole new search experience
http://beta.exalead.com/search

Yet another in the long line of new and exciting ways to search. In today's Web world being found by search can be half the struggle.

Picassa Picture Organizer
http://www.picasa.com/
SiteMaps & Google

A lengthy discussion but the gist of it is, generally speaking if you are creating a sitemap to make your site more usable, then you probably have poor navigation to begin with. Also, the Google site map tool while beneficial to some is probably not of a great benefit to any of us.

The ADA Game
http://www.adagame.org/
Firefox 1.0.6 replaces 1.0.5
Wayback Machine
http://www.archive.org/web/web.php
Konfabulator Gallery
http://www.widgetgallery.com/

Take a look at the future. The Web is decreasingly a place for Web pages. Data is breaking down into more precise bits that can be handled like these widgets or assembled like RSS amalgamators. The traditional Web will be increasingly for its core functions of branding and informational look up.

ICANN remains Amer-ICANN

ICANN will not at this time be allowed to become an independent international body. Therefore, the U.S. government still ultimately controls the existing naming conventions used globally for the Internet.

Notes from Campus

Webmaster

Dave Elbon has the following information about hosted Web sites:

We limit web users to 250 megabytes of space without some kind of justification, their site can't be allowed to interfere with other users, each person working on the site will need to get a web userid in their own name (check the help desk in McVey for the necessary forms). The URL for their site would be something like www.uky.edu/
otherorgs/theirname -- the last part being up to you.

Agricultural Weather Service

We now provide a nationwide weather service for web-accessable PDA's and cell phones at:
http://wwwagwx.ca.uky.edu /pda.shtml

 

Important Dates

TRAINING UPDATE: Web@UK - TBD
register: http://www.uky.edu/
HR/HRD/Training/
ClassReg.html

South on September 19, 2 p.m., Commons Room Wethington Building

North on September 20, 2 p.m., Main Building