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Information for web content creators and OmniUpdate web editors to assist them in their site's support of proper web communication standards.
When displaying content on your website which is not your own, please follow copyright law. If you have questions, resources are available through the Dartmouth College Library and on the Dartmouth copyright website.
.pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt, Similar File Types (Not HTML Files)
Audio, video (larger than 10 MBs)
Any www.dartmouth.edu account with more than one occurrence of a file larger than 10 MBs should have a companion account on media.dartmouth.edu to house those large files.
Two servers are available to Dartmouth website account holders for storing media files:
Streaming.dartmouth.edu hosts audio and video files in the QuickTime format that are not downloadable, but stream directly from the server. To establish an account on this server, please contact Webmaster. To get the file(s) established and linked properly on the server or if you need assistance, please contact Web Services.
Media.dartmouth.edu hosts audio, video, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and large files, in addition to any file that is larger than 10 MB. All are downloadable to the user's computer. Depending on the user's connection, downloads of larger files (greater than 2 MB) may take as long as eight minutes.
To establish an account on this server, please contact Webmaster.
Podcasts are handled via download, not by streaming.
You will need a way to generate the RSS feed, as well as offer users a way to subscribe. For assistance, please contact Web Services.
Requires the latest version of Flash.
* These online tools are not supported by Dartmouth Computing Services, and therefore, we do not troubleshoot issues for these.
.jpg, .pdf, .html, .gif, .doc, Etc.
When linking to internal or external web pages, it's recommended you create "text" links, not "URL" links. For example:
is more informative to the user than
Text links are self explanatory.
Note: The default style for all tables is set to have borders. To turn off borders, select the table in the Path: at the left-hand bottom of the Page Editor in OmniUpdate, then select No Borders from the Styles pull-down menu.
Tables should not contain fixed widths, either in the table <table> tag itself or in the table cell <td> tag. You can have a percentage of width set to the table cell <td> tag (for example, <td width="50%">).
Forcing a width is not necessary; a table without a width set will automatically accommodate and expand based on the content within. Forcing a width creates issues with the right-hand column overlapping in Internet Explorer, and possibly other browsers.
The best way to properly display a photo with a caption is to put the photo and caption in a 1 column by 2 row table with a width equal to that of your image (say, 250 pixels if your image is 250 pixels wide). Setting the width in pixels for the table will help to retain the width when viewing the page in various browsers and when you have a caption.
Once the table is created, insert your image and caption in the table cells.
Example: To display a photo with a caption without a border.
All tables default to having a border. So if you want to remove the border, on the left-hand bottom of the Page Editor window, you'll see Path:. Select the table you'd like to have the borders removed from, then click table next to Path:. From the Styles pull-down menu, select one of the No border options.
After creating the table, select it. In the Path: location of the window, click table. From the Styles pull-down menu, select one of the Left or Right No Border options (including No borders as an option).
The version control system automatically creates a new version of a page any time the page is published. It also creates a new version when you use the Backup function to make a backup of a page. The only difference between the two is that backing up a page does not publish the page to the Production server, but it still creates a version of the page for you in the version control system.
If you want a version of the page as it exists today, simply make a Backup of the file (before making any edits).
If a page is deleted from the Staging and Production servers, it will also be removed from the version control system.
Every time you publish a page, a unique version of a page is saved in OmniUpdate’s automatic version control system. You can also create a version or “backup” of a page at any time by clicking on the Backup button. For example, let’s say you edit and save a page several times, and you want to create a permanent version, or backup, of that page before making more edits. This function is used for that purpose.
Revert allows you to restore any previously published version of a page. Every time you publish a page, OmniUpdate creates a special copy of the page (version) that is stored in a way that allows you to “revert” back to a previous version should you need to. All versions are numbered, dated, and if a message was entered at the time the page was published, this message is also listed.
Click on the Revert button and select one of the revisions to revert back to. The selected version will become the current version of the page on the Staging server, which you can then edit or publish to make it the live version.
Note: If you revert to a file, you must publish it to make it live on the Production server; simply reverting the file does not publish it.
To check spelling, click on the Toggle spellchecker button. Each misspelled word will appear with a red line under it. Click on the red underlined word and select one of the Suggestions if any are provided, click on Ignore word, or on Ignore all (this will ignore this word throughout this page).
To check links on a site outside of OmniUpdate, or for site wide link checking of your site, use the W3 validator.
Link Checking will scan a page for all URLs and test them to see if they are valid.
Once you have edited a page and saved it, a links button will appear above the displayed page. Click on this button; a “Link Check Results” box will appear. Click the Check Now button in the top-right corner of the box. OmniUpdate will check all links on the page and list the URLs that were found. The Legend at the bottom of the page explains the meaning of each icon.
You must click on the Check Now button to invoke the link check function. The link check function can work in the background while you do other things, like edit the page properties for the page, view the page, etc.
The Format drop-down menu provides pre-defined formatting options in OU set by the system administrator for structured page markup.
The Styles drop-down menu provides a few additional formatting options in OU not found in the Format drop-down menu.
Note: Available in the “new” template only.
If you have additions or comments, please contact Web Services.
Last Updated: 10/9/13