Compass 1.5.0: Enhancements

The October 2021 release of the Compass web framework introduces numerous enhancements to improve existing elements. This release cycle also included ‘work in progress’ on a new Carousel component that is intended for a future release. A reminder about the Patterns section Patterns are examples/guidelines on how to use multiple resets, utilities and components in […]

Pattern guide, accessibility updates and more in Compass 1.4.0

The July 2021 release of Compass – The University Web Framework introduces two new features: a patterns guide and the area component.  Compass 1.4.0 also includes updates to existing content types, with a strong focus on providing better accessibility to users who rely on assistive technology. With this release, Compass now meets most WCAG 2.1 […]

Upcoming plugin changes

On April 5 and April 6, VCU Technology Services will begin updating all plugins mapped to a Compass component. While this upcoming release does not introduce any new components, there are significant improvements to existing ones, which has introduced changes our users should be aware of.

Compass 1.3.0 to feature component updates

Between April 5 and April 9, VCU Technology Services and University Relations will release the latest round of updates for Compass – The University Web Framework. While this upcoming release does not introduce any new components, the Compass team has made significant improvements to existing ones.  Here’s what you can expect: Component updates Breadcrumb Dropdown […]

Compass 1.2.0 releasing this week

This week, VCU Technology Services and University Relations will be rolling out the latest version of Compass – The University Web Framework. Along with some improvements to existing features, our latest release includes two new components: Tabs and grid system.  All updates will be available to the VCU web community by end-of-day Friday, Dec. 18. […]

What’s new in Compass 1.1.0

Compass 1.1.0 is now available to the VCU web community! This release includes a new notification component, updates to the sub and breadcrumb navigation, and additional fixes and improvements. Notification component The new notification component, also known as an alert or alert banner, creates a colorful banner that can be used to visually distinguish urgent […]

Poll results: Web features you need the most from Compass

Thanks to the web community for participating in our recent Compass poll! The results are in, and the most-needed features include: People list layout, commonly used for directories Grid system with automated columns to more easily create layouts Visual design for news and events feeds Page layout variations, a carousel component and social media sharing […]

Cast your vote to help us plan the Compass roadmap

Since the universitywide release of Compass 1.0, VCU Technology Services and University Relations have been hard at work designing and developing the features that will be available in our next release — coming in fall 2020 — which will include optimizations to existing features as well as: Accessibility enhancements, such as reduced motion/transparency preferences and […]

Launching Compass and looking ahead

This past spring, VCU Technology Services and University Relations have been busy developing and launching a series of pilot sites ahead of the universitywide release of Compass 1.0. Starting in a pilot phase has allowed the Compass team to develop and test the framework, address user feedback, create documentation and finalize launch plans. We’re now […]

Modal plugin update

The fourth plugin to receive an update to Compass’ design language and functionality is the little known and fairly new “Modal” plugin. Here’s what you can expect: CSS/HTML structural changes Visual changes Old styles Since this plugin is fairly new, it’s design and functionality were borrowed for use within Compass. That being said, the update […]

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