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Calendar Demo

May 11th, 2009 by Erick Beck

We have the UNL Event Publisher now installed onto a local development server — http://calendar-test.tamu.edu — and we’d now like to invite you to give it a test run. This calendar is NOT skinned out, so we’re NOT looking for (or accepting!) comments on look and feel, we want comments on features and functionality.

Feel free to submit events into the system to see how those work. You can log in as “joe” with password “redfish” to see what a typical user will be presented with. For departmental publishers, probably the most important thing to remember is the “Please consider event for the main calendar” checkbox on the event submission form. This will send your event to us for posting on the university calendar and consideration on the www.tamu.edu front page.

User documentation is forthcoming, but almost everything should be pretty intuitive.  If you have any particular problems or questions please let us know and we’ll be sure to add that to our help pages.

NOTE:  This address is not available outside the campus firewall, you will need to be on-campus or connected through VPN to see it.

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9 Comments to Calendar Demo

  1. I am getting the 403 error.

  2. Donald St. Martin on May 11th, 2009
  3. like it – easy to use
    would it be possible to add “staff” as sponsor along with faculty, student orgs, athletics, etc?

  4. Marilyn Myers on May 11th, 2009
  5. FYI: You can see how a personal calendar might work by going to http://calendar-test.tamu.edu/library/. I like the way that personal calendars can feed into the main calendar, and that students, faculty and staff will be able to create events and produce an RSS feed out of it.

  6. mdmcginnis on May 11th, 2009
  7. Marilyn – this is test data, it is not meant to convey the full amount of information that the final version will have, only demonstrate how the system works.

    Michael – the “joe” user is the library calendar admin on the test server. You won’t see anything different from that address than you can see while logged in; it is simply a user-friendly URL.

  8. Erick on May 11th, 2009
  9. But those user-friendly URLs could be used by the public. Some day, people could look up Q-drop dates at calendar.tamu.edu/academic or upcoming performances at calendar.tamu.edu/opas

  10. mdmcginnis on May 11th, 2009
  11. Michael – you’re mixing metaphores, which is precisely why I didn’t include the short URL to begin with.

    As with web architecture, users should not need to know what group within an organization’s hierarchy sponsors an item to find it. Topic based event categories should instead be used for this. For example, it doesn’t matter of the “Wiley Lecture Series” is in the “MSC” or “Department of Biology” or “Food Services” calendar, so long as it is under Lectures. This allows an organization to administer a “departmental” view of the calendar information and present only that to their intended audience…which might not be the general public.

    This is something I was going to address later in the documentation, not in the first-day tests, but now I guess I don’t have to make another blog post for this topic. 🙂

  12. Erick on May 11th, 2009
  13. I think you should have an option to look at a whole week at a time, instead of just one day at a time. Other than that, though, I really like it.

  14. Kalee on May 12th, 2009
  15. Kalee, here’s basically what you’re asking for: a list of upcoming events at http://calendar-test.tamu.edu/?&upcoming=upcoming& and calendar formats by month and year: try http://calendar-test.tamu.edu/?&y=2009&m=05& . Of course, this is not at all the final design, so stay tuned!

  16. mdmcginnis on May 13th, 2009
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