Getting your feet wet with jQuery

webmaster-2012 Updates

Well, here we are. This is my last blog post as AUS Webmaster. So, what better way to finish off with my take on a jQuery tutorial? jQuery is a JavaScript library that makes it really easy to manipulate stuff on a web page, like paragraphs and images. You could use CSS, but that’s mostly static, save for some transition …

5 Tips for AUS Community

webmaster-2012 Updates

Community is AUS’s public bulletin board that anyone can use, whether it’s for posting announcements or checking out what’s happening on campus. For those who use it for the former, here are 5 tips for making the most out of Community. 1. Use the formatting options: Since last semester, not only can you bold and italicize, but you can also …

Say Goodbye to CAPTCHAs!

webmaster-2012 Updates

It used to be that every time you submit a form on the AUS website, you had to type a distorted word into a box. This test, called CAPTCHA, is a way to help us eliminate spam that bots enter into our forms. And it worked very well, for the most part. But the problem with CAPTCHA is that in …

Swipe, swipe, swipe

webmaster-2012 Updates

If you have a smartphone or tablet, then here’s some good news: The AUS non-mobile website now supports swipe gestures: 1. Swipe left on the home page banner to skip to the next banner. 2. Swipe right on the home page banner to see a previous banner again. As more and more students use touch-enabled devices such as iPads and …

Gmail on Outlook for Mac 2011

webmaster-2012 Updates

Now that students are able to access a free copy of Office 365 ProPlus, it is now possible to use Microsoft Outlook without paying hundreds of dollars for licenses. Microsoft Outlook is an email and PIM program which works very well with Exchange servers, which is what McGill uses for its email and other services. Outlook also supports other email …

Changes to AUS Community

webmaster-2012 Updates

AUS Community is our most successful online service to date. We’ve had hundreds of listings already, and it is likely that we will have at least a thousand by the end of this academic year. In order to continue to provide the best service, we are making some changes to AUS Community: Listings now expire in 8 days AUS Community …