Infotech status page maintenance
IT Services maintains
a status web page indicating upcoming service events and the status of
central IT services for the K-State campus. The web page is
The web page consists of two (2) parts - a web page
and an RSS feed page.
Both files are located in the /infotech/status
directory on the web server. Access to
this directory is restricted to CMB members.
SAMBA can be used to map a drive to the
directory. The web page is the index.html file
and can be edited using a variety of web editing
tools. The RSS feed page
is the status.rss file and should
only be edited with a text editor.
of this file should be performed using an editor that allows displaying
and editing of raw HTML code.
- Prior to editing the file make 2 copies
of the file.
- index-old.html as
a backup copy of the file, overwriting any existing file of the same
name>.html as a copy for editing and testing.
- Open the index-<your name>.html
- Set the editor to viewing and editing raw
- Scroll down to the
message section. It will appear below this comment:
message section continues down until you reach the templates that have
been commented out.
- Delete any
- For each event in
chronological order do the following:
the appropriate template into the message area.
the date and day of week between the
- Enter the title
and time of activity between the <H5>
- Enter the contact person and
an e-mail address between the first set
of paragraph tags <p>. Use a generic
e-mail address when possible, such as firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enter the change description between the
second set of paragraph tags <p>, usually this
is the public description provided in a change request.
the draft of the new page with a web browser.
index-<your name>.html to index.html
to replace the active page.
the new index.html page with a web browser.
- This file should only be
edited with a text editor.
to editing the file make 2 copies of the file.
- status-old.rss as a backup copy,
overwrite any existing file.
name>.rss as a draft for editing and testing.
- Edit status-<your
name>.rss using a text editor.
RSS feed message area is located below the initial
- The message area continues down until you reach the NEXT
GUID comment section.
outdated items in the message area.
the appropriate template for new items into the message area.
- For each item
- Edit the <title>
section with the name of the activity.
Include the date of the event along with the day of the week.
- Edit the <pubDate> section
- use today's date.
- Do not enter
- Abbreviate the day of the week
and month to 3 characters.
format of the date section is sensitive.
- The time
zone offset is always -0600.
- Leave the <link> section
the <guid isPermalLink="false">
- Leave the http:// link
- Change the number at the end to the next
the <description> with the public
description of the activity. The description goes between the
<![CDATA[ and ]]>
- Repeat as needed.
- Update the NEXT GUID value to the next
highest integer. This helps the next person who edits the
- Test the draft of the new page with a web
- Copy index-<your
name>.rss to status.rss to
replace teh active page.
- Test the new status.rss
page with a web browser and an RSS