Depot updates coming this week (and, what’s next for Depot?)
The latest round of changes to Depot is anon. Here’s a rundown of what’s new.
I’m relatively happy with how the new state standards support is shaping up, but reserve the right to tweak it based on feedback we get from Virginia and from you. Drop me a line if you want to explore adding your state’s standards to what we’ll be indexing.
State standards are the big new thing, but along the way I’ve added a few other little updates here and there:
Resource posting and editing
First, resource posting and editing has been cleaned up quite a bit. Particularly, if you’re a Safari user, you saw a lot of ugly orange boxes during the process. They’re reduced now. Compare the old:
to the new:
Much friendlier, huh? (The astute reader may note that this is the interface I used when creating the Sharing Content Enhancement examples in Depot series of videos a few weeks back.)
Bearing good news
Speaking of ugly orange boxes, their usage across the site has been reduced. Now, if Depot is giving you good news, it delivers it in a pleasant, encouraging green hue. So this:
is now this:
Bad news is still orange, but we try to keep the bad news to a minimum.
At this point I’m planning on moving these changes to the server
this Thursday evening, March 27. Update: Sorry, this didn’t happen tonight. I’m going to shoot for sometime this weekend. Note that standards won’t quite be ready for prime time at that point–I still need to import the standards themselves into the system, and then we need to designate someone to apply those standards to individual resources. This will be a gradual process, but one that should be interesting and help make Depot even more useful.
Aside from tweaking the new state standards features as needed, I’m going to be taking a little break from Depot to work on other things–namely, Dossier and our long-awaited single sign-on system. However, look for better support for tags, or keywords, sometime down the road as the next big update.
- Depot updates this Friday, February 8!
- Depot, Content Enhancement, and state standards
- Depot updates tonight, Jan. 24!
- Depot changes now online!
- Depot tip: receive device updates via RSS