April 6th, 2010
The instructions for adding a share tool to the WSU Web templates toolbar are available on the Downloads and Add-Ons page of this site at http://identity.wsu.edu/web/downloads/ (scroll to the bottom of the page under the “Add-ons” section).
This add-on places the AddThis share tool in the template toolbar to enable your visitors to share the page’s content via a variety of social media tools and e-mail. Site managers will also be able to review the share tool’s usage stats for their sites.
If you are currently using the “ShareThis” tool, please consider switching to this “AddThis” tool since it has been found to be more secure.
April 20th, 2009
WSU’s Web template will be undergo a few design revisions Wednesday morning (4/22/09) to improve their coordination with the new WSU home page. Thank you for your input during this design process. The template revisions will be implemented centrally and revisions will not be required by Web developers on individual sites.
You can view a prototype page that uses the revised template design at http://dev-mcweb.ad.wsu.edu/designer.wsu.edu/template/test.aspx.
March 12th, 2009
A few design revisions will be made centrally to the WSU Web template to improve their coordination with the new WSU home page. You can view a prototype of the revised design at http://identity.wsu.edu/web/gen2update/CampusPreviewTweaks/ and leave your comments below. These template revisions will all be done centrally and no revisions will be required by individual Web developers. The prototype page is for demonstration purposes only. The code is not in its final state.
Look for the template revisions to go live later next week.
March 4th, 2009
President Floyd described WSU’s new home page project in his Perspectives column at http://president.wsu.edu/perspectives/022509.html. I encourage everyone to read this for background on this important and exciting effort.
The new home page will launch early Friday morning, March 6. If you missed one of the informational presentations about the home page, you can still get a sneak preview of the design at:
With the launch of the new home page, some design revisions to the WSU Web template will be necessary to better coordinate it with the home page. We hope to make these revisions with minimal or no impact on WSU Web developers. We’ll post a mockup for input soon.
And one more thing…close to 20 new site id graphics have just been added to the Web template designer in each palette color. Check them out.
January 22nd, 2009
The Web template’s core HTML file has been updated to include a “Print” tool in the toolbar for sites that display the toolbar. This revised (version 3.1) core HTML file is available now at http://identity.wsu.edu/web/downloads and should be used for any new WSU Web pages. Instructions for updating existing Web pages to include the “Print” tool are available at http://identity.wsu.edu/web/downloads/v3-1/add.aspx.
“Print” tool functionality: When the “Print” tool is clicked, a new page formatted for printing is generated and displayed in a new window. A “Print” button appears at the top of the new window for sending the page to a printer.
The “Print” tool is optional and can be disabled as described at http://identity.wsu.edu/web/downloads/v3-1/disable.aspx. However, its use is strongly encouraged to provide WSU site visitors a consistent printing interface.
Coming soon: Over twenty new site id designs are nearly ready to launch in the Template Designer.
November 14th, 2008
The Web template central CSS has recently gone through a few updates to address discovered issues. The most critical issue involved fonts displaying poorly in some sizes in certain Windows environments. Revisions were made to the font set and content specifications so you may notice slight changes, particularly in the navigation links.
Thank you for moving your sites into the new templates. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you discover any additional problems. This address goes to our Web template team only.
- Implementation of “Print” tool in the toolbar to access a print style sheet
- Additional site identifier images
- Video tutorials
September 16th, 2008
The Web templates for the WSU brand refresh are now available. Thank you for your patience. As the revised templates are used more extensively, something could surface that needs to be corrected, so view this as a beta launch. We don’t expect anything major, however.
Instructions for converting your existing WSU Web pages to this new version of the templates are at http://identity.wsu.edu/web/downloads/instructions.aspx.
A new version of the Template Designer application has also been developed. This online tool enables you to easily create new template designs for your site. This new version adds themes, sidebar designs, more site identifier graphics, and a home page key option. The new Template Designer is at http://identity.wsu.edu/designer/.
There are also new guidelines governing the use of the templates. Please review these carefully before you begin at http://identity.wsu.edu/web/guidelines/.
The caching application mentioned in the previous post is still in development, but it is not necessary to begin using the new templates. Your department may wish to implement the caching application when it becomes available.
July 3rd, 2008
Work continues on the Web template revisions but it now looks like the earliest they will be available is mid-July. A large number of new site identifier and sidebar graphics have been created, the guidelines have been revised, and development on the new Template Designer and CSS is moving forward well.
Real-world testing of the caching system will begin in late July. The plan is to release it before classes begin in August. If you would like more details regarding the caching application, contact Ed Sala in University Publishing at email@example.com or 335-3518.
You can choose to implement the new templates as soon as they are available without the caching application or wait until the caching system is available to update your sites. Once the caching application is installed on your local server, you will only need to change a URL in your pages’ code to point to your local server rather than the central server.
May 27th, 2008
Thanks for all your comments and questions. A couple minor revisions were made based on your input. The rounded corner in the upper left has been brought back and the footer reflection has been removed.
The template CSS and Template Designer will now be revised to make this design a reality. Early July is the release target date.
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May 16th, 2008
The WSU Identity Program has been revised to better communicate WSU’s evolved brand platform, expanded messaging, and focus on WSU’s impact. These revisions are outlined in the Brand Identity Standards currently available in PDF format at http://identity.wsu.edu/brandrefresh.
The WSU Web template is being revised to reflect these new standards, particularly those outlined in the “Visual Approach” section (PDF) and the “WSU Communications Personality” items listed on page A-4 of the “Brand Platform” section (PDF).
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