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WordPress and Siteimprove News

Recent Updates to WordPress

WordPress has changed and added a handful of features in WordPress 4.8 and 4.9. Here are a few things you should know:

Widgets

  • The Image and Text widgets are much easier to use. Accessed through Appearance > Widgets in WordPress (you must be an Administrator), widgets now let you choose their destination without having to drag and drop to an Area. 
  • The Image widget now interfaces directly with the Media Library and no longer requires you to know how to write HTML code. 
  • The Text widget now provides rich-text editing, including adding media.
  • Finally, If you miss typing HTML in a widget, the new Custom HTML widget is for you. The Custom HTML widget also includes syntax highlighting and error checking.

Link Boundaries

  • Links are much easier to edit with the new Link Boundaries feature. Just put your cursor within a link and you’ll see the link text highlighted. You can then be sure additional characters you add before or after the link aren’t part of the highlighted region.

Menus with Live Preview

  • Make edits to your Menu and see the changes in real-time on your site by using the Manage with Live Preview function located at Appearance > Menus. 

New Siteimprove Interface

Siteimprove recently make a big change to their dashboard interface at siteimprove.boisestate.edu

If you’re having difficulty locating information, or want advice on how to navigate the new interface, don’t hesitate to contact the Help Desk.

False Positive Reports for Broken Links in Siteimprove

  • One of the complaints we hear about most often is when Siteimprove reports a link is broken, but it’s actually working fine. This happens to all of us at one time or another. 
  • The most common reason for this is the Siteimprove crawler sometimes cannot access a linked resource. Some examples are redirects to page requiring a login, or third party sites that block web crawlers.
  • In short, no software is 100% accurate monitoring and reporting on sites. If you’re frequently receiving false positives about broken links let us know and we’ll check it out. We can contact Siteimprove for assistance if needed.

Create Accessible Org Charts

  • Most org charts on Boise State websites are in PDF or Lucidchart formats, and making these documents accessible often will not preserve the hierarchical relationships necessary for someone using access technology to understand. A screen reader might be able to make the names and positions readable, but how the organization is actually structured won’t make much sense.
  • Luckily, there exists a simple tool to detail hierarchical relationships that uses nothing but text, and it’s been around since the birth of the web: Headings!
  • By using structured headings on your page, along with unordered (bulleted) lists, you can represent how your department or college is organized in a way that’s accessible to everyone. Use this method to create an accessible org chart and link to it as an option for those people who are unable to interpret a PDF or other visually-based document.
  • Check out the University of North Georgia’s website for examples of accessible org charts.

Need Assistance?

For assistance with WordPress, web accessibility or Siteimprove, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, or email helpdesk@boisestate.edu

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