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.
Technology news for UMD faculty, staff and students
ITSS Award Winners
ITSS staff members Debbie Wing and Matt Johnsted have been recognize for outstanding service and special contributions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Evolution of Wireless Networking at UMD
Campus wireless needs have changed over the years and ITSS continues to improve service.
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.