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Updates from UIS Web Services

October 2021

A cache is the topmost level of your browser’s memory, where all of your most-used information is stored for fast and easy access. Think: the info you write on a Post-it and stick to your computer versus info you put in a Google Doc and can’t find later.

This newsletter aims to be your web-editing cache. Only the information you need to know; easy access. No deep-dive (or dictionary) required.

WordPress tips and tricks: Anchor links

Abby is a project manager on the Web Services team. In this column, she’ll share tips about how to get the most out of the GU WordPress platform and improve your website. You can email her at as4432@georgetown.edu with topic ideas you’d like to see covered here!
In general, it’s best to avoid long content-heavy pages as they aren’t great for accessibility. However, if you have a page with multiple sections of content, adding anchor links is a great way to help users easily navigate to the most relevant pieces of information. 

Anchor links are a type of link that brings you to a specific place on that same page. There are two parts to an anchor link: the anchor link and the anchor point. The anchor link will be the text you want to link and the link your user clicks on. The anchor point is the place the anchor link takes you to.

To create an anchor link, you’ll first need to add your anchor point. Anchor points can be added to any heading block. To add the anchor point:
  1. Click on the Heading block.
  2. Open up the block tab of the Inspector Panel.
  3. Under Advanced, add your anchor ID. Make sure to add a unique anchor ID for every anchor link on the page. It’s a good idea to keep your anchor text short and avoid spaces. It will become part of the URL.
View of the WordPress editor with the heading block tab open and the HTML anchor field highlighted.
Once you’ve added your anchor point, you can then create the anchor link. To create an anchor link:
  1. Highlight the text you wish to link, and click the link button.
  2. Add your anchor ID starting with the pound symbol. For example, if your anchor ID is requests-for-jack, then you would link to #requests-for-jack.
View of the WordPress editor with the link field open and the anchor ID #requests-for-jack in the URL field.

An accessible minute: A friendly reminder about the updated accessibility course

Kevin is the electronic IT accessibility coordinator at Georgetown. In this column, he’ll share tips on how to make your electronic content more accessible to folks using assistive technologies.
We've recently revamped the Web Accessibility for Content Editors course, and wanted to encourage you as a content editor to take the new course if you haven't done so. We've organized it to focus on five key areas that, as a content editor, are easy things to do for accessible content. Though the revamped course is geared toward editors using the shared WordPress themes and closely aligns with our content management system, the topics are relevant even if you aren't using WordPress. We are encouraging everyone to take the new accessibility course even if you had previously taken the old one. It never hurts to refresh yourself!

Accessibility is a shared responsibility at Georgetown, and as a content editor, we thank you for playing an integral role in contributing to GU’s vision of inclusion and accessibility for all of its community members.

WordPress and Accessibility Office Hours

We will continue to hold both Accessibility and WordPress office hours every Tuesday afternoon throughout the fall semester.

WordPress office hours appointments are every Tuesday, 2:30–3:30 p.m. via Zoom. You can sign up for an appointment slot (for any future office hours date!) here. Please note that we are unable to accommodate unscheduled appointments.

You can talk through accessibility-related questions with Kevin Andrews, electronic and information technology accessibility coordinator, on Zoom every Tuesday from 2–3 p.m. You can use this link to schedule an accessibility office hours appointment.

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Still have questions? Comments? Email us at webservices@georgetown.edu.

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