Recent Blog Entries

Fixing Inaccessible Local Footer Icon-fonts

The WebAudit tool has recently began scanning for inaccessible use of icon-fonts in the website's local footer region. Inaccessible icon-fonts in the local footer can severely impact your WebAudit score since it appears on all of your website pages. We covered the accessibility considerations of using icon-fonts in the Framework documentation. We will look at determining if WebAudit picked up that your website has an inaccessible icon-font in the local footer region and how to remedy it.

Switching to HTTPS ahead of changes to Google Chrome

Serving over HTTPS is now increasingly viewed as a best practice for user privacy and security. Starting later in October, the Google Chrome browser will label pages with a "Not secure" warning in the address bar when users enter data on an HTTP page. This will impact all UNLedu Framework pages since the UNL site search bar is in the header of every page.

Search Engine Optimization

An Overview on CSS Grids

CSS Grids is a new layout module being introduced into CSS. It allows users to create grid layouts that can be easily restructured according to screen sizes. Other benefits include new flexible length units such as the fractional units (FR), minmax method, and other cool stuff. When taken as a whole it allows us to create interesting layouts such as those in print media. The following slides were presented at a WDN meeting and at Nebraska.Code() 2017.

Accessibility Series

Over the past few months, I have been giving short talks on accessibility, with a focus on UI patters. While I probably won't be able to give a talk every month, I plan to continue this series through the next several months. As the presentations progress will focus more complex patterns. For your convenience, I will be updating this post with links to the slides for the talks, which may contain helpful information and links to resources.

Introducing the 'Speedy' template

In an effort to improve both real and perceived performance of unl.edu sites, we recently launched a 'speedy' template.

Spooky Browsers

08 February 2017

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over a quaint and curious repository’s lore -

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a clicking,

As of a drive gently spinning, spinning on my server’s motherboard

“Tis some process,” I muttered, “taxing at my server’s motherboard-”

“Only this and nothing more.”

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UNLchat 4.x Design Update

We’re excited to announce a forthcoming design refresh to UNLchat. The functionality of the application currently remains unchanged, although we do have some user interface improvements we’d like to make in subsequent updates. If you have or questions or comments about the proposed visual changes, please comment below or contact a member of the WDN Shared Governance Board.

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