April 2008 Archives

Print CSS

All pages that are created using the new UMContent (Stellent) content management system use source ordered semantic markup that is accessible and flexible. We also include a specific print style sheet for each page (see example from Compleat Scholar and use Print Preview in your browser) which removes unneeded images, adds a print header image, and (in Firefox) prints out URLs from all links.

Podcasts using UThinks Blogs into iTunes

Several CCE programs publish audio recordings of their scheduled events. These MP3 recordings are linked on the website as well as being collected into an XML feed that is read by iTunes.
Examples of these feeds are those for Great Conversations and for Headliners. Another program which rebroadcasts audio and video recording is the Strategic Leadership Insights series. Eventually these recordings will become part of the University of Minnesota's iTunesU collection (once that is formally launched).

Adobe Connect

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Adobe Connect (formerly Macromedia Breeze) is software used to create information and general presentations, online training materials, web conferencing, learning modules, and user desktop sharing. The product is entirely Adobe Flash based. All meeting workspaces are organized into 'pods'; with each pod performing a specific role (i.e. chat, whiteboard, note, etc.).

Slideshow with audio

SRAP Gallery - Shadowbox


Created to showcase work by several dozen visual artists who teach for the CCE Split Rock Arts Program, the SRAP Gallery 2008 uses "shadowbox", an open source JavaScript media player, as the backend. The player, widely cross-browser and cross-platform compatible, can be used with many types of images, movies, and other media types. This version uses the Yahoo API but it is compatible with several other flavors. The player is standards-compliant, is skinnable, and comes with good documentation and developer support.

CSS Positioning Guide


New pages in CCE use layouts built with only CSS positioning. We created this CSS Positioning Guide in order to explain the basic structure of this semantic ordering of pages.

Spiral Nav video player

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This version uses javascript for the animation and swfObject to create a player on the fly. All of the video urls are hardcoded into arrays in the javascript. Ideally a production version of this player would load a playlist from a video hosting service at runtime.

CCE Multiplayer Prototype

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This video player is populated using an RSS feed from CLA's MediaMill. The playlist, thumbnails, video content, and metadata is loaded at runtime and displayed using the Flash player. The MP4 format is used to enable compatability with iTunes. NOTE: currently MP4 playback is broken in IE7.

Media Mill is a project launched by the CLA Office of Information Technology (CLA-OIT) to archive and distribute video and audio content.

The prototype multiplayer was developed by the CCE New Media Group

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