This past month I presented at the November 2014 Web Council on how we’ve taken child theming to a new place. Here is some official documentation to accompany and expand upon that presentation. First things first: the old way of initializing a $UW object with your chosen functionality (detailed here) still works. What’s different is
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With the brand refresh under way, we’re taking the opportunity to look at how we organize our functionality and actual code in the backend of our theme. Times like these are when we have a chance to satisfy the itch to create really great code and lay the framework for new possibilities.
Recently, we released uw.edu/social into the wild. The idea behind it is pretty simple. We needed to wrangle multiple social media accounts into a simple landing page that makes it easier for Huskies to connect with the UW.
Happy New Year, all! I wanted to give everyone a little heads-up on a couple of projects we’ve got coming up. One involves a refresh of something that rhymes with “foampage.” Expect that to launch around January 20th. In the meantime, I’ve managed to cobble together a couple of its pieces: Project #2 Our second
If you’ve embedded a YouTube playlist into your WordPress site, you might have noticed it looks different. Fear not, you aren’t seeing things! We recently modernized the look and feel of the YouTube player on our Marketing-hosted WordPress sites.
For the next theme iteration, we’re trying out a new trick in our never-ending quest to become leaner.
I read somewhere that 2013 was the year for focusing on performance (which was probably more just the result of someone needing to get a post out) after the previous year’s gluttonous affair with responsive web design. Dane and I (mostly Dane) came up with a new workflow to coincide with the new super-theme we’re developing.
When viewing a website on Safari for iOS, there’s an option to add it to the user’s Home screen where it will appear like a native app. Normally when the web app is launched, Safari opens and feels like a disruptive experience. The solution is a simple meta tag that will open Safari in full screen mode more smoothly.
Thank you to all who attended and aided the amazing success of the inaugural UW Code Camp. I hope everyone was as excited to attend as we were to host. I also hope everyone found Code Camp to be a great venue for learning and future collaboration. There were 150 more people than we initially estimated (a total of 200 attendees!), and the response afterwards was fantastic.
Get ready for the first ever UW Code Camp tomorrow, March 27! This will be a fast-paced day packed full of knowledge and collaboration with members of the University information technology community. Read this full post to see our tips on how to get the most out of your day at Code Camp and to view the agenda.