We are currently experiencing issues with Key Survey (hosted by WorldApp). Users who try to log on will not be presented with the usual login screen; the page simply does not load. Survey recipients will not be able to access surveys and respond at this time.
WorldApp has been notified of these problems. Updates will be shared here as soon as they are available.
Remember that go/techalerts can be used for quick access to system up/down information and posts concerning outages.
[As of 9:15 am – WorldApp currently estimates that services will be restored in about 30 minutes. All modules are affected; surveys and reports are not accessible as well.]
During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, May 17th we have the following activities scheduled:
One of our two Internet service providers will be preforming network maintenance starting at Midnight that will impact our circuit. We have sufficient redundancy for Internet circuits and there is no expected downtime.
We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.
Next week won’t have updates unless there is a critical issue to address as we’ll be attending DrupalCon. The keynote, by Dries the creator of Drupal, is typically streamed online and may be of interest to those who’d like to know what’s coming in the future for the platform. It will be on Tuesday, May 12 from 12-1:15pm ET.
File Uploads in Drupal
Functionality to support uploading multiple files at once is now enabled on the Middlebury and MIIS Drupal sites. Our documentation on Creating File Uploads has been updated to outline the new workflow. In addition to allowing multiple uploads, this greatly simplifies the upload process, removing several dialogs and making the title of the File Upload the name of the file by default. The process for updating existing File Upload contents has not changed.
New WordPress Plugins and Themes
RokoPhoto Lite: RokoPhoto Lite is an elegant WordPress themes for photographers, writers, and bloggers. This design focuses on your content & is perfect for an elegant blog site.
Shortcodes in Text Widgets: A plugin that allows shortcodes to work in Text Widgets if not supported already by theme.
Table of Contents Plus: A powerful yet user friendly plugin that automatically creates a table of contents. Can also output a sitemap listing all pages and categories.
Drupal Gallery captions now correctly support the UTF-8 character set, including left and right single and double quotes, emdashes, endashes, and ellipses.
A side effect of last week’s Drupal Webform update is that radio button and checkbox lists that use the “Other” textfield option had a hidden element that could be marked as required, making it difficult to submit the form. These hidden elements are no longer marked as required on the client side, though they will still be checked after the form is submitted to the server.
The Library is pleased to announce the first issue of our new, as-yet-unnamed, newsletter! Please visit us online here (go/librarynews) and read up on helpful research and technology tips, a feature article on Orion Lewis in Political Science, who’s taught a fascinating hybrid (online/in-person) class with Middlebury and MIIS students, tech tips, and more.
Our plan is to publish this 4 times per year, and we need your help with a name! If you’d like to vote for a newsletter name, please also visit our Doodle poll!
We have lost access to databases (JSTOR, PsycINFO, LexisNexis, etc.) and journals several times this evening. We are trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience at this very busy time of the semester.
This evening, if a link to a library resource brings you to a page that says, “The connection was reset,” or “This web page is not available,” (see images below), please contact the Technology HelpDesk at email@example.com or 802.443.2200.
The link to the BLWC site on the Middlebury homepage is once again plural in reference to the conferences.
Elements of the MIIS global design are now rendered via Drupal’s block system, which we’ve been using for the Middlebury site since the upgrade to Drupal 7. This allows us to mix-and-match which elements show up without having to create a new theme and is part of the work we’re doing to port the Course Hubs to Drupal 7.
A number of programming errors that were preventing the Podcasting and Visual Links WordPress plugins from working on our sites have been corrected.
The “waveform” feature was not being displayed at the top of the Admissions site, but is now back in place.
The stylesheeets for the AD Group Manager are now loaded from the central CDN rather than the older “web” server, in preparation of retiring that machine.