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Linnea Ann Williams

Linnea Ann Williams's Blog Posts

Investing in the Future: How our team takes the time to innovate for campus

One of the challenges we at Stanford Web Services face as both a software development group as well as a client-facing web design team is finding time to create new and innovative tools for campus amidst client projects. Most of the time we are heads down, working with clients to launch scores of websites each year. So how do we approach innovating for campus?

Card sorting: Defining related content categories

Card sorting is a powerful, hands-on tool that we at Stanford Web Services use for helping content creators iron out either the information architecture of their site (meaning the big buckets of their navigation) or to develop categories for their content. 

Recently, we used card sorting to develop a secondary sidebar navigation of "Related Content" that crossed the main navigation of a website, and these are my takeaways.

BADCamp 2014: Linnea's thoughts from the Higher Ed Summit

During BADCamp this year, I participated in the Higher Ed Summit. We learned about how other universities are rolling out Drupal and central web policies through a panel discussion, had a series of lightning talks, a number of birds-of-a-feather discussions, and two featured talks. Here are some of my take-aways.

Agile Project Management and its flavors: where does Scrum end and Kanban begin?

Agile has become a big buzz word recently in the project management world. In this post, I'll try to clarify where some of the lines are being blurred between terms like Agile and Scrum, and what some of these terms actually mean.

Keep in mind while reading this that I am primarly trained in Scrum, so my descriptions of other Agile methodologies are only decently informed. :)

What is Agile Project Management?

From the ever-present wikipedia:

Writing for the Web #6: Freeing your content from HTML tables used for layout

A long while ago I wrote a post about working with Google Docs to prep and remove old formatting from content, which was serving me well, but I recently encountered a site that my old methods weren't helping. The site used table cells for creating layouts within content and occasionally to create the look of paragraphs.

I tried a few common "Remove Formatting" options from both Google Docs and the CKEditor WYSIWYG, but nothing was getting there. In the end it was Microsoft Word that came to the rescue. Read on to get the details!

Top 6 things to do while your cache clears on its own

Caches are a great tool, they store your website's database and code information in a way that loads much faster. But they DO mean that your changes don't appear right away.

Where are my changes?

One of the things we here at Stanford Web Services get emailed about most frequently is, "Why did my changes disappear when I logged out?" The answer is that the site caches haven't yet been updated, but they will if we wait a little bit (sometimes a few hours or so).

Writing for the Web #5: Paragraphs

This is the fifth post in my series on Writing for the Web. In this post, I'll talk about how to write a good paragraph for the web.

Paragraphs on the Web

Writing for the web is different than writing letters or books and journal articles. As I've mentioned, on the web people scan for information and text needs to work on all different kinds of devices. Using easy to scan formats like lists and headings is really important. 

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