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As you can see, this page has nothing to do with a new screen reader as the link that you just clicked on suggested it would be.

This is a demonstration of how easy it is for hackers to prey upon all of us. For details, please contact  or .

IF I were, in fact, a malicious entity wanting to deliver a virus to your network, I would have been very successful!

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It's quiet on campus this week as most are still enjoying the holiday break; a perfect time to catch up on to-do's for the new website!

While you can easily observe the changes to the site's design since the update there's another side that you do not see - the code behind the site that actually does the 'magic'. The changes to the code behind our site were far more dramatic than the design updates!

My hope in the migration process was that our URLs (links) would remain the same. Unfortunately, this was not possible in some cases due to the changes in the way that files were stored and named in the old code. If you have links to TSBVI on your website, please take a moment to verify that they remain valid. You may use our 'search' tool to search the site for the pages. Do not hesitate to email me if you need new URLs for any broken links and I will send them right over.

Thank you for your patience and great feedback during this transition.

Happy New Year!
May your 2015 be filled with peace, joy and good health.

 

 

12/12/2014 - The new site is online! Take a few minutes to check out the new accessibility features. These are accessible by opening the 'Accessibility Panel' at the top of the new website. 

For the next week or so, the former site will be made available just in case there are links or attachments that we need to move to the new site. The link to the former site will be posted here shortly. If you happen upon a link that no longer works or a missing image, please contact me! Email is always best so that I have a record of the issue and its resolution.

In the queue for the remainder of the day are the following:
Site analysis for stability and adherance to pre-defined styles on all pages;
Restore user access levels for campus editors;
Update forms to 'make them look pretty' again.

A very heart-felt 'thank you' to all of you for the valuable contributions and support received while working to get the new site online.

I look forward to your feedback and ideas and hope you enjoy your new TSBVI website.

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12/10/2014 - Hello to all of you wonderful TSBVI staffers, students, volunteers and visitors!

Over the next few weeks, a new TSBVI.edu website will be revealed (yay!). Transitioning a site of this size is no small task and will require a little intermittent downtime and a little patience.

A team member, the famous (infamous?) Kristi Sprinkle, suggested that I keep everyone updated on our progress so that no one is caught by surprise and everyone has the opportunity watch the transformation as we go. Rather than bore you with ad nauseam tech-speak, I will attempt to charm you with brilliant haiku.

The web page you seek
may not be online today.
Please try tomorrow.

Oh no! Where'd it go?
I could always find it here.
What's Jim's extension?

Pretty good, eh? Okay, maybe not. But I do want to keep you all informed of the roll-out schedule. Of course, my list of 'want-to-do' updates is much longer than my 'can-do-this-month' list. (Right now, someone is saying 'she bit off more than she could chew in one meal'. I hear you! Stop that!)

Rather than delay the launch of the new site, we have decided to release the improvements in stages.
For the remainder of this week, TSBVI.edu will be offline. However, we will provide a link to the former, archived site so that you may access the content while we make the transition.

The upcoming dates to know are:

  • 12/11 - 12/12 Initial launch of the new website featuring all content as it was, searching by keyword 'tags' and extended menu availability for improved usability. A link to the archived site will be posted here during this time.
  • 12/15 - 12/18 Improve the search function (this is a cool one, y'all!), add the new braille book library, improve accessibility of some elements, integrate Moodle.
  • After the Christmas break, we will provide training to our campus' editors.

That isn't the end of the list of 'want-to-do' updates. But, it's enough to keep me busy for a while.

Feel free to email me any suggestions, ideas or 'how to haiku' tutorials. Or, even better, stop by and say hello! If you see Jim or Kristi, give 'em a hug and tell them what an amazing job they've done with the Internet and the Intranet. They make us look good!

I look forward to working with you to keep TSBVI.edu the best source of information for the blind and visually impaired community in Texas and around the world.

Happy Holidays!
Stacey