Web Action Team

Home
Search
Calendar
Site Map
ThunderHawks

Web Policy

MUM maintains our own webserver, separate from Information Technology Services. This server hosts the Miami University Middletown web pages, including campus department pages. For questions or assistance with this server, please refer first to this document.

If you represent a campus department or faculty organization, you may request web space on the MUMNT webserver. The URL for your web page will be http://www.mid.miamioh.edu/XXX with the XXX representing the name of the department or organization. If you use this space, you must conform to the web page template used on all other official Miami University Middletown web pages. Student organizations may request a separate space not restricted by the official Miami University Middletown template.

Accounts should be requested from the Director of Technology Services. Your username will be your UniqueID. Your password is your standard MUnet password. If you are requesting an official MUM web page, you must use a Windows computer to access your web space. You may use any web editor to create your web pages, but Dreamweaver is strongly recommended.

Personal web pages, even those used for academic courses, must be hosted on your Universal Disk Space (UDS). Information on how to configure your UDS for web access can be found in the Knowledge Base. You can currently store up to 100MG of data on your UDS. Because the UDS is backed up regularly (unlike the hard drive of your computer), this is a good place to store your computer files.

Miami University Middletown does not and can not control information posted on BannerWeb or on any site other than those within the mid.miamioh.edu domain. For questions or assistance with those sites, contact the webmaster. This information is typically found at the bottom of the page. The webmaster for Miami University Oxford can be contacted at WEBMASTER@miamioh.edu.



Standards for Official MUM Web Pages

Home Page

Any changes to the university front page http://www.mid.miamioh.edu must get approval from the Web Team. Please contact Director of IT to request any changes.

Layout

All official Miami University Middletown web pages must use the Miami University Middletown standard web page template (which is really a script). To automatically apply this script, all web pages must be saved with the .cfm extension (not .htm or .html). This layout helps ensure a consistent look and feel throughout the Miami University Middletown web site. This communicates a sense of unity and professionalism to our viewers, follows a standard industry best practice, ensures support across browsers, and allows for simplified updates to web page appearance.

In addition to using the Miami University Middletown script, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Be sure to include plenty of white space on your web page. This helps reduce viewer "eye fatigue" and will focus the viewer's attention on your message.
  • Never make your viewer scroll left and right. If your table or image is too large for the area you have available, either reduce the size or use something else.
  • Limit the amount of downward scrolling necessary to read your content. Too much content on one page will discourage viewers from reading the entire page.

Content

Content should be meaningful, relevant and current. Do not post content simply to post "something." Remember, you are responsible for keeping your web site up-to-date. Please spell check your web pages!

Text

Do not use a specific font on your web pages. The template uses a master style sheet that complies with Section 508 and has been tested on all browsers and all hardware. You should also be consistent with the use of size and color. The use of black or dark grey text with blue or red links is strongly recommended. If you chose to use other colors make sure they contrast well with your background color and appear when the page is printed. Keep in mind the viewer can override your font settings anyway. Avoid the use of blinking text as well.

Graphics

Graphics should be no more than 72 pixels per inch, should be sized in a graphics program to fit the available area in your web page and must be either .jpg (photographs) or .gif (art). You must use ALT tags to name your graphics for viewers with screen readers (Section 508). The use of graphics can make a page look much more professional, but the overuse of graphics can be disastrous. Make sure the graphics you choose enhance your content and are necessary. Remember, many of our web page viewers are using dial-up connections that load graphics very slowly!

Links

Links should be obvious to your viewers. Standard links are blue, underlined text. Miami also uses red text to indicate a hyperlink. It should be sufficient to use content for your links. You should not use the term "Click here." The difference in text appearance and the change in the cursor already indicate to the viewer where to click.

Naming

Web page names should be limited to alphanumeric characters. An underscore may also be used. Names should not include spaces, slashes or other special characters. Long page names should be avoided as well. Try to limit your page names to 16 characters or less. All pages must be saved with the .cfm extension (not .htm or .html)

Accessibility

To serve all members of our community, it is important that your web pages conform to U.S. Section 508 and/or WCAG 1.0 guidelines. Additional information about testing for WCAG1.0 can be found at http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval. The Web Team is currently developing guidelines for web accessibility.

Navigation

All official Miami University Middletown web pages utilize the Miami University Middletown standard web page template which includes navigational links on the left side of the web page. These links must be added through the use of a Microsoft Access database. This database will be provided to you when your site is created. You are expected to use this database to add links to the navigational bar. If your web site has multiple levels, please indent links to secondary pages.

Additional Elements

If you choose to use audio, video or Flash elements in your web pages please contact Technology Services prior to adding these elements. Additional elements occasionally need web server configuration to function properly and may not be compatible with our current server. Contacting the sysadmin will ensure our web server is prepared to handle these additional elements and save you much frustration.

In addition, all users are expected to follow Guidelines for Responsible Computing.

If you have additional questions, please contact Lee Back.