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Support for Web publishing at Santa Clara University is provided by the Office of Marketing and Communications, Information Services, the Webmaster and Web Applications Developer in the Media Services department, and system and network administrators in the Information Technology department.

 
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Server errors when logged in to www as a Commonspot user

One of the post-upgrade bugs is a server error response when accessing a page on www if  logged in to Commonspot (and if you have authoring rights on cms). You'll see this if you login to a page with Commonspot security attached - that page and any other page requested on that www server will display a server error message. The workaround is: add /logout.cfm to the subsite to clear the error on www, and login to the secure page on cms.scu.edu instead. Were working with Paperthin to resolve this issue.

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Commonspot upgrade complete

The Commonspot 8 upgrade was installed on cms and the www servers on Tuesday morning, and with a couple of exceptions, things appear to be operating normally. Please let us know if you run into any Commonspot authoring or page display problems.

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Flickr Slideshow Gallery option

A new display option is available for the Flickr Slideshow Element, which will display the Flickr images as a gallery with sharing options and image descriptions. Select the "gallery" display mode in the Flickr Slideshow element, which you'll find in the Content Well element category.

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IE 10 and Commonspot

Microsoft is automatically updating Internet Explorer for Windows 7 users from version 9 to version 10 today. IE 10 has not been certified for Commonspot authoring, and access to the authoring dashboard will fail. Paperthin is working on a patch for this, but for the interim you'll need to use Firefox for Commonspot authoring on Windows. Alternatively, you can use the developer tools built into IE to switch to the IE 9 profile. You can access the developer tools via the F12 key.

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Firefox ESR auto-update

Firefox 10 ESR will update to version 17, unless you have turned off auto-updating in Firefox. Version 17 may introduce problems with copying/pasting text in the Commonspot text editor. If you need to re-install FF 10 ESR, you can find it here:

Windows

Mac

You can change how Firefox handles auto-updating via the Options (Windows) or Preferences (Mac) > Advanced tab. By default, it would be set to automatically install updates.

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Video shortcodes in the blog

 The option to include a Vimeo or Youtube video in the blog's text block is now available in the SCM blog. To embed a video, you'd use a shortcode similar to those used in Wordpress.

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Accordion theme added to Blog element

Another new theme has been added to the Blog element to display a list of blog posts using the 'accordion' theme. To use this, edit the Theme setting for your blog and update the Custom Properties for the page to use jQuery (that's in the Settings section of the Custom Properties form).

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Clear cached pages on www

Site administrators can now clear subsite cache on each of the www production servers using this new form: http://cms.scu.edu/clearcache. If your Commonspot ID does not allow you to access this form, or your subsites are not listed, please contact Russ or Brian.

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HTML Email theme added to Blog element

 You can now include blog posts in the HTML Email template by setting the blog theme to "HTML Email". This setting will depend on your blog being configured to group blog posts by publication. This theme will display any featured blog post in the publication, or the most recent blog post as a main feature, with the remaining posts listed below.

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Mailto links post-Groupwise

You may notice some links to email addresses (those using the mailto: prefix) using Groupwise as the default email client in your web browser. Here are instructions for changing this to use GMail: http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=10966

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