UX Issues & Solutions

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.

CSS for content types within the iMIS framework

So I have a nifty little iPart that does stuff, and when I test it through a RiSE site or even the old web view I am able to get CSS styles that do things like change the background color for every even row, for example:

#search-wrapper tr:nth-child(even) {
background: #CCC

I'm using asp:GridView and asp:BoundField to generate the output. However, when I run the same iPart within the iMIS client, a lot of the CSS styles don't work properly. Mostly the newer ones (like nth-child()). Should I assume I can't use the more advanced CSS options for custom content types running within the iMIS desktop client?

Communities Module - Unimpressed

We recently purchased the Communities Module for iMIS with the idea of being able to give our clients a wide variety of social communication options but so far we have not been able to roll it out to a single client due to it's shortcomings. I just wanted to put this topic up here for discussion and to potentially see if anyone has developed any useable functionality from the module and could share tips.

How to get high-quality images out of Visio (especially if you need them to make PDFs)

While Visio makes great diagrams and flow charts, it does not make great JPGs (or really, any other file formats other than their own VSDs.) I've struggled with needing to make PDFs from annotated JPGs created in Visio, and the resulting PDF looked grainy and blurry. After some digging on the Internets, I found a forum post made by a Microsoft employee who works on Visio, and discovered that Microsoft knows their JPG converter is terrible (even if you are saving them as 100% quality) and that the best way to get a high-quality resulting image is to save it as an EMF file. You can then paste the EMF file into Word (where it looks great), or use Word to create a PDF (also great).  Problem solved!

Flexible width on 1700 template for mobile

I am building out a mobile site on my demo image and came across the following issue – The typical resolution of a smartphone screen is 320x480 – i.e width is 320px (Most new smartphones are similar) I have created a website with the 1700 template in 15.1.3, and stripped out as much functionality as possible to make it really easy to read on a mobile. However, the 1700 template will not decrease in size below 750px - which means, when I access on my phone, it scales it down in size, making all the fonts hard to read. I thought this template was meant to be scalable for mobile. Does anyone know what I need to do to get it to have a flexible width down to 320px?

Tools to check web accessibility

Testing and correcting accessibility problems throughout the development process is all about tools. Here are tips I've collected:

Finding more tools:

Browser Share and Search Engine statistics

I came upon this site (http://gs.statcounter.com/) reading an article about Bing momentarily being ahead of Yahoo! search.  That was interesting enough, but when I checked their homepage, the statistic they lead with (and which apparently is of the most interest to visitors) is the browser share. They also have statistics on specific browser versions, operating systems, and mobile browsers.

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Got me all excited about HTML 5!

creating social change and affecting impact – good reading

This past week, I have caught up on a lot of traffic about a new book called Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits and a supporting article both by Heather McLeod Grant & Leslie R. Crutchfield. I am also working on looking at how we organize and structure iMIS moving forward for the UX Team. The article refocused some of my thoughts.

There has been a trend in the non-profit world to adopt more for-profit business practices to succeed. I have seen, as an example, more people with advanced degrees and experience in the for-profit world recruited into customer organizations. I have often wondered about the overall impact of this direction, whether over the long-term it would bear greater results or just somehow make it more mechanical, lose a little bit of the magic. I am an idealist and I want to be believe that through my work at ASI, I am affecting social change and having an impact on the greater good, regardless of how small or indirect. It’s one of the main reasons I work here. I guess, like most relationships, there are benefits to both the non-profit and for-profit sectors from these trends.