The redesign of the UW home page is part of a multiyear Reputation Building Initiative. The goal of RBI is “to reach our many audiences and enhance their appreciation for the UW’s essential value in the state, region and beyond.”
The UW’s home page will get a makeover in the New Year. Over the next few months, we will post redesign updates and info on this blog to keep the UW community apprised of the changes that are in the offing. Among the planned enhancements: better on-page navigation, more “top stories” to choose from, the ability to “share” and much more.
Click on the images below to see how the University of Washington home page has changed over the years…
The UW on Nov. 4 became the first university in the nation to launch a mobile app for BlackBerry devices. It’s modeled after our iPhone app, which launched earlier. Both offer course catalogs, campus directories, maps, news, photos and sports scores in a format optimized for mobile devices.
We are pleased to announce the launch of an online tool that helps you create a customizable header/footer for your UW Web pages that adheres to University of Washington brand guidelines. These page elements provide standardized UW graphics and global navigation in a variety of colors and customizable layouts.
I spent the better part of the week getting Plone 3.3.1 to compile under Ubuntu 9.04. There were some dependency problems and just general wonkiness. The biggest error I received was due to a lack of the Python Imaging Library (PIL). Now that would have been fine except that I installed it via the python-imaging package.
A new campus map, created using Google Maps, is now live. Check it out at www.washington.edu/maps.
Generating and organizing data for the campus maps project is a constant journey. I’ve switched between several XML formats, with interesting results. Finally, I have landed on a blend of formats that gives adequate performance and allows for updating. I’ll probably split the entire process into several posts but here is the start. Originally I used the provided format that the GXml parser can understand.
Connect to UW resources on the go with m.UW for iPhone or iPod touch. The application is available for download via the iPhone App Store.
I ended yesterday with two different success stories communicated with two entirely different systems. The cool part is I did it with a scripts written in python. The first system was SOAP based, the second was REST.