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Improve Accessibility: Google Documents

Google Documents lacks key accessibility functionality and should be used with caution as it currently is not inclusive to all people. For example it lacks a way for authors to make data tables accessible. However, some methods exist for you to improve its accessibility.

Posted on Friday, Apr 17, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

ITSS Award Winners

ITSS staff members Debbie Wing and Matt Johnsted have been recognize for outstanding service and special contributions.

Posted on Monday, Apr 6, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

Improve Accessibility: Correct YouTube Auto-Captions

YouTube auto-captions are often such poor quality that content is not accurately communicated to people who depend on captions such as people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Auto-captions should be corrected to be precise and provide equal access. A redeeming aspect of auto-captions is that they can be used as a starting point for captioning your own videos. The Multimedia Hub is available to assist you in providing videos inclusive to all.

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

Enhanced Support for the Upgrade

To support staff, faculty, and students through the PeopleSoft systems upgrade, we are developing easy-to-use Enhanced Support for existing structures and processes. So, the help contacts you use today are the same ones you will use after The Upgrade.

Posted on Monday, Mar 2, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

Active Directory File System Restructuring

ITSS will be working on a project this spring to replace our aging Active Directory file storage infrastructure. The current systems are already 5 years old and have reached the end of their effective support life.

Posted on Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

Security Improvements for Local Email Server

In order to improve security, ITSS will be blocking access to an email server. Gmail users will not be affected.

Posted on Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

Improve Accessibility: Think Before You Link

A link that only says "Click Here" or anything else that is very generic such as "follow this link" or "more information" is difficult for some people to use because there's no specific content in that link nor a clear sense of its actual destination. To improve it use meaningful link text. It should describe the result of the user action, not describe the user action.

Posted on Monday, Feb 23, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

The Evolution of Wireless Networking at UMD

Campus wireless needs have changed over the years and ITSS continues to improve service.

Posted on Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

Drupal Update - February 2015

The School of Fine Arts site has been launched. A list of who will go in next has been identified. Dreamweaver templates have been developed. A process for coordinating with external consultants is in place. And training is available.

Posted on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments

Staff Update

We are pleased to announce that we have recently hired Rebecca (Becky) Nelson into an End User Support staff role. After joining ITSS in a temporary position last fall, Becky started full time with ITSS in January.

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 | Permalink | No Comments