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 […]

Content well plugin changes

The third plugin receiving an update to Compass’ design language and functionality is the “content well” plugin. Here’s what you can expect: A new name CSS/HTML structural changes Content area specific styles Name changes The first big change to this plugin is it’s name. Upon the launch of the updates, this plugin will become the […]

Compass pilot phase: An update

In early April, VCU Technology Services and University Relations launched the pilot phase of Compass, the university web framework. As we outlined in a previous post, starting off in a pilot phase gives us the opportunity to: Test and debug Get feedback Create documentation Develop a solid launch plan The first version of Compass will […]

Accordion panel plugin changes

The second plugin to receive an update to Compass’ design language and functionality is the widely used “Accordion panel” plugin. Here’s what you can expect: CSS/HTML structural changes New features in functionality, such as group context, expand/collapse all toggles, advanced keyboard navigation, and more Visual changes Old styling Historically, this plugin has taken its design […]

Plugins system to adopt Compass

Over the coming months, Web Services will begin updating the T4 plugins system so select components align with Compass, the university’s new web framework. This update will impact the styling and functionality of specific components used throughout VCU’s websites. Web Services chose to move forward with this implementation plan to demonstrate our commitment to and […]

Why we’re launching Compass in a pilot phase

Compass, VCU’s recently announced web framework, will pilot on select university sites over the next several months. We understand that many in the greater web community may be wondering why our team is launching the framework in a pilot phase, so we wanted to share our reasons. Read more.