Monthly Archives: December 2013

Boilerplates for Web and Email

The start-up time for new website and email projects is often cumbersome. Boilerplates and frameworks are a great way to speed up setup time and get you focused on the real project at hand.

The power behind boilerplates is that they are a conglomeration of collective knowledge and continually in development,  responding to new web-standards and technology.

Resources:
HTML5 Boilerplate
Email Boilerplate

 

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Keeping organized with Evernote

As web developers and content managers, we are constantly facing an evolution of website technology. Evernote is a powerfully simple tool to help us keep our research and learnings organized for fast recall.

Advantages:

  • Access your notes from desktop, tablet, or mobile
  • Platform agnostic (Windows, OSX, iOS, Android)
  • File-format agnostic (text, photos, microsoft office, PDF, etc.)
  • Collaboration with others (shared notebooks and notes)
  • Organization through categories, tags, and searching
  • Online publishing and presentations
  • Integration with other Apps (i.e. JotNotPro)
  • Basic account is free and offers the essential functionality

Add-on Tools:

  • SKITCH– screen grabbing tool and annotation
  • PENULTIMATE– hand-writing app
  • WEB CLIPPER– webpage content saving (text, links, images)
  • HELLO– Relations management tool
  • FOOD– Recipe, restaurant, and experience tool
  • CLEARLY– website content reading tool
  • PEAK– Study tool

Web Coder Application:

  • Collective knowledge on website development learnings
  • Paste in code, screenshots, links, etc

UMKC Header and Footer Updates

UPDATE: We will not be launching this change in January. Due to unforeseen delays, we will make the change at a future date.

We have made changes to the UMKC header and footer to streamline the code and eliminate conflicts with popular frameworks like Bootstrap.

View the example page with new header and footer

Because these changes are more significant than updates we’ve made in the past, we have created a new process for rolling out the change. The header and footer will be updated on the main website, www.umkc.edu first and then rolled out to the other servers.

Update Timeline

November 22
A duplicate of umkc-standard.css has been created and named umkc-styles.css. The two files are identical except for file name.

November 25 – January 30
Every page on www.umkc.edu that references http://www.umkc.edu/umkc-standards/umkc-standard.css and uses includes for the header and footer needs be updated to import http://www.umkc.edu/umkc-standards/umkc-styles.css instead.

TBD
We will replace these files with updated code for the header/footer:
http://www.umkc.edu/umkc-standards/umkc-header.html
http://www.umkc.edu/umkc-standards/umkc-footer.html
http://www.umkc.edu/umkc-standards/umkc-styles.css

IMPORTANT: If your site is on www.umkc.edu and still referencing http://www.umkc.edu/umkc-standards/umkc-standard.css when the header and footer are replaced, your site will break.

If your website is on www.umkc.edu and you are not using the standard includes, or if you want to make the updates yourself, you will need to download the new versions of the header/footer and implement them on your site on this date.