UNL Platform Version 3.1

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Version 3.1 of the UNL.edu Platform brings several structural changes to the codebase for UNL.edu. A switch from XHTML 1.1 Transitional to HTML 5, a switch to responsive design, and the addition of several elements that provide better accessibility are all part of the 3.1 package.

HTML5 is, if you haven't read enough about it already, a significant course correction in the multiple languages that are used to build web pages. While 'HTML5' indeed refers to a new standard for the HTML markup language itself, part of the drive to HTML5 is to recognize two other standards of web development as essential partners with HTML: CSS3 and Javascript. "HTML5," when used in this broader context, presupposes that HTML, CSS and JS are all essential to the task; they're all legs on a three-legged stool.

Version 3.1 also brings responsive design into the UNL.edu Platform for the first time. Until now, it was necessary to serve mobile clients by redirecting them to a separate 'filter,' or 'proxy' and making the necessary changes to code to support them. It was a short-term solution whose term is about to run out.

Responsive design represents a refinement of mobile strategy on the one hand, but it's more than that. Responsive represents a new foundation for true device independence.

Finally, no website job is done until all can use the information that the site offers. The UNL.edu Platform and the nearly one million pages published under it gain several new features with this revision that will provide a common set of 'landmarks' to screen readers.


There are two paths to conversion of your website: UNLcms or through Dreamweaver.

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