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Updates from UIS Web Services

February 2022

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.

An accessible minute: updates to SiteImprove

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.

Improving the accessibility of Georgetown’s webpages is an important part of our university-wide effort to make our program, resources and mission inclusive to all.
 
A key tool Georgetown uses to help improve the accessibility of our websites and ensure they can be consumed by all, regardless of ability, is Siteimprove. Siteimprove is software that can perform automated accessibility checks on webpages and provide reports of issues that need to be fixed to improve the accessibility of the page.
 
Last month, Siteimprove’s crawler was upgraded to a new version called NextGeneration that uses Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These are more recently published accessibility criteria which build upon WCAG 2.0, which has been the university’s accessibility threshold over the last several years. With the move to the NextGeneration crawler, your Siteimprove score will likely change. Some scores will improve and some will get worse. This is expected as there are new criteria being checked, and some old criteria that are no longer being checked.
 
In order to explain the Siteimprove changes and introduce you to the new crawler, we have compiled a list of resources:
 

 
If you have not already received email notification about this change, it means that you likely do not have a Siteimprove account. You can request an account through the Siteimprove access request form
 
There are numerous resources to help you make your website and other digital content accessible at https://accessibility.georgetown.edu/. And if you have any questions, please reach out to webaccessibility@georgetown.edu.
 

WordPress tips and tricks: The Information For Menu

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!

The Information For menu is an audience-specific menu you can use to direct different audiences to pages relevant to them. For example, an Information For menu may have tabs such as “Prospective Students”, “Current Students”, and “Alumni”. The menu should list audiences in order of importance and will appear in the header of the website.

View of Information For menu in the upper right-hand corner of the site.
A user hovers their cursor over the Information For menu options.
If you're unsure of the information your audiences are looking for, review our Understanding Your Users section of our recommended content process.

To create an Information For menu:

  1. Go to “Appearance” > “Menus”. This will open the Menu editor.
  2. Select the “create a new menu” option and title the menu “Information For”. 
  3. Select “Create Menu”.The create a new menu tab and the create menu tab are outlined in red in the WP editor in the appearance page.
  4. Add the appropriate pages and subpages to the menu.
  5. In the “Menu Settings” section, check the box next to the ‘Information for’ menu option and save the menu.Under Menu Name “Information For” and with “Information for” Menu display location box checked off, Save Menu button is outlined.


If the Information For menu does not appear, email webservices@georgetown.edu to enable it.

WordPress and Accessibility Office Hours

We will continue to hold both Accessibility and WordPress office hours every Tuesday afternoon. Please note that all office hours appointments will be held over Zoom only for the time being.

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.

How did you get this number?

You’re receiving this email because you are listed as a primary or secondary contact for your website. If you believe you’re receiving this message in error, or you are no longer responsible for editing a website that uses a shared Georgetown template, please let us know by replying to this email.

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

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