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New OIT Web site

UTSA Info Tech launches redesigned Web site

By Carla Gomez
Graphics Designer, Office of Information Technology

(Sept. 6, 2008)--The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) has launched a redesigned Web site that, according to UTSA students, faculty and staff members who participated in testing, offers easy-to-find information and the ability to virtually glide through the site.

"The new site will be a channel for us to provide additional information and services to our customers via the Web in an accessible and usable manner," said Carolyn Ellis, OIT assistant director of customer relations and communications.

The design process included planning, research and testing, which resulted in a site specifically driven by UTSA student, faculty and staff needs.

"We designed the site based on what made sense to our customers, plus it is 508-compliant," said Christopher Chipps, OIT webmaster.

In 1998, the U.S. Congress amended Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to require federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities and to encourage development of technologies to help achieve these goals.

The new OIT Web site is grouped under four headings: Services and Support, Security, Software and Hardware, and About OIT.

Frequently requested services also are accessible by selecting "Quick Links" at the top-right of any page within the site. The home page features a Spotlight section to inform users of new OIT initiatives. The Alerts section provides up-to-date information on scheduled maintenances, outages and security alerts.

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