EdWeb deployment update March 2016
The next in our regular schedule of updates and improvements to EdWeb will take place on Thursday 10 March. This deployment will introduce the ability to schedule publishing (and unpublishing), to ’embargo’ sensitive content, and to apply security patches.
During the previous ‘iteration’ (a project term for a short burst of development activity), we’ve continued work outlined by Communications and Marketing to deliver features they require to be added to the system so that their web publishing activity can be as effective as possible.
- Schedule publication – EdWeb users can now set a publish on (or off) time for their pages. Pages that are designed to be viewed at specific time periods (after research is published; during a particular time period eg Welcome Week; after an event) can be made public, or removed from public view. This will also work for content to be re-used, so small snippets of text can be removed/added to pages.
- Embargo content – editors can now ‘Embargo’ content, so that only editors within that particular site can see a page. It will not appear to any user either in the menu tree, or by trying to access a direct link, unless they have permissions to edit in that site. This would typically be used for sensitive press releases/news items that should not be made available even to internal University users before a specific time. Upon publication, this content becomes public. Please note that, at present, we are working through a slight bug that allows embargoed content to appear in the Search facility within EdWeb – this should be corrected in our next deployment.
Along with these changes, we will also be deploying small (‘standard’) changes to the ‘modules’ that comprise EdWeb. These are detailed in full on the EdWeb Change Advisory Board (CAB) pages, and are mainly of use to technical users, or those who run EdWeb distributions. They have no expected impact on the way that EdWeb is used.
Guidance for these new features will be added to our support wiki in the coming days.