Approach & Theory

Shop and News pages from Quick Start Sites - Why don't they function like you would expect?

We are currently building a site on iMIS 20 and I've been very disappointed in what ASI advertises as "Quick Start Sites". The previous employee in my role purchased iMIS and had expected to use the templates site with minimal customization. Since I have been hired on the project, it's clear to me that really isn't possible. I am not a web-developer, I'm a web designer with a pretty good knowledge of html and css, but customizing this seems way over my head.

Styling Out-of-the-box Themes

I'm very new to iMIS and I'm really struggling with getting the hang of it. I have experience with wordpress and drupal, but the knowledge really doesn't translate at all. I'm building a site using the Austin Responsive theme and I'm having the hardest time styling the navigation and functions of the site (ex. shop functions, member profile etc.). From what I can see, it's pretty much anything that is a Telerik control that doesn't seem to want to take css.

Switching from Cash to Accrual Accounting

I need to switch my database from cash to accrual accounting. Our dues are on the calendar year, not anniversary. Should I wait until the end of the year to make the change or can I do it now? Thanks in advance!

WCM 1600 Template Member/Non-Member Homepage

We've a client who has a WCM site using the 1600 template. They're looking to incorporate a homepage variation based on authorization, basically, having a Member Homepage and an Non-Member homepage.

We've tried using the 'AuthScript' code that is utilized for the Aspen themed Member site, but that 'breaks' the homepage design (gives the homepage the interior page layout), so that's not working. We've considered creating a navigational component for the MemberHome page that would not go into the navigation and a similar 'AuthScript' would be utilized to redirect if a user is logged in. The member home page would then use a different content area directory for the homepage design content, but this does not appear to be working as intended.

Telerik RadMenu Nightmare

Hi All,

I am trying to edit the new 1700 template to fit with a website I am building. Most of the conversion is going well and I have to say that the new 1700 template is a lot cleaner and easier to understand than the previous templates. However, I am running into a lot of problems around the RadMenu component for the navigation.

RadMenu is inserting it's own styles and I can't find any way to override certain things like the background images.

Cart Discount how or why override PriceCache:35218;3742665;1: 112.5000


PriceCache:35218;3742665;1: 112.5000

Could I set this value to 1/2 price something like

PriceCache:35218;3742665;1: 56.25

The  page

Has a reference to

namespace IWC.UI.WebControlspublic abstract class CartPage : DisplayPageBase, IImpersonationPage

The stock iMIS page reveals that  /iMISpublic/AM/ContentManagerNet/ShowVariables.aspx

STC program: Delivering documentation via wikis

Last night, Ragan Haggard of Sun Microsystems told STC Austin about his journey producing documentation for OpenDS (an open source product) using only wikis. From the myriad available, they picked a wiki -- JSPwiki -- that met their key requirements (still in active development , syntax, rich text, content control); however, not even the best-in-class commercial wiki, Confluence, could offer the Section 508 (accessibility) and commercial quality PDF book output they still need. (He hadn't heard of FLOSS manuals, although that's still not the holy grail.)

Simplified Technical English: Who needs it?

Last night I attended the STC Austin program "Four Candles - Just What is Simplified Technical English?", presented by Alan Porter of Quadralay and the 4J's Group. (Do watch the Four Candles video if you don't know this famous skit!)

Simplified Technical English is a writing standard created for aerospace/defense maintenance documentation, born of a deadly need for clarity (such as the worker who obediently "cut the power" with loppers and died). It's a controlled language because it restricts grammar, style, and vocabulary. Its goal is to stamp out ambiguity (one word = one meaning) and present technical complexity in the easiest language possible, to support users of diverse ages, abilities, and familiarity with English. If this sounds like the Plain Language movement to you, you're right: there's significant overlap. Boiling it down, Simplified Technical English has two parts:

Program notes: Accessibility, Bottlenecks, and Control

Last night, Dr. Clay Spinuzzi, Director of UT's Computer Writing and Research Lab, entertained STC Austin with tales of the journey by which they brought CWRL's website out of the 20th century. The site, a knowledge repository holding decades worth of white papers and instructional content, was bottlenecked, unmaintainable, and inaccessible. What to do?

e-book trend: New "Short Cut" series from O'Reilly

O'Reilly has a new book series, "Short Cuts", that is ONLY being sold in electronic form: "Whether it's a first look at a brand new technology, a quick reference, or a thorough explanation of a narrow but crucial subject, Short Cuts bring you focused information in an easy-to-use, portable package." Interestingly, this is the same strategy we applied to handling publications on the iMIS Helpsite ( the User Guides are available as bound publications as before, but the narrow, topic-specific References are posted for download only, for online use, portability, and personal printing. Where we differ is that ours are free distributions, and we post in an editable format, to support site-specific modification.