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 touch-specific styles
  • Tabbed content component (also known as tabs)
  • Notification component, which is useful for alerts and priority announcements
  • Sidebar navigation update to accommodate more than three levels
  • Typography updates

As Compass matures, you can continue to expect a seasonal cadence of discovery, planning, production, documentation and delivery.

Here’s where we would like the greater web community’s input. We need your help prioritizing features for future releases.

Vote in our poll by Aug. 30 to cast your choices.

Features that are up for a vote in the feedback poll

Grid system
The responsive grid system includes automatic columns to make it easier to create layouts.

Carousel/slideshow component
The carousel component allows web visitors to navigate through multiple pieces of featured content (images and text) in a sequential fashion.

People list (HTML/CSS)
Frequently used to create faculty and staff directories, this feature provides visual design for people profile lists.

News and events feed layout (HTML/CSS)
This update provides visual design for news and events feeds.

Social media sharing options (alt images/text)
This option provides the ability to add image and text alternatives for sharing content to social media channels.

Page layout updates
This update provides additional options for page layout, including enhancements to more effectively display one- or two-column page layouts.

After the poll closes

Our team will follow up on poll results and let you know what to expect for the winter 2020 release and beyond. Features that get the most votes will be prioritized.

Want to stay in-the-know about upcoming releases?

Follow our progress here on the Compass blog where we’ll post routine updates. This includes a roadmap of features that have been confirmed for development and when they’ll become available.

Additionally, any significant Compass updates will be shared to the Web Users Group listserv. Users with T4 accounts are automatically subscribed to the Web Users Group listserv. If you’re not on it, opt in to the listserv and follow the project by manually subscribing.

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Send us your questions, feedback and requests anytime to and we’ll follow up.

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