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New Search Tool!

February 2007: DHHS now has a search engine that searches all known public websites within the department (see the inventory of websites). (A few stragglers will be added soon.) This is a Verity search, and is a subset of the search found at

The code to place on your pages to institute the DHHS search on your website can be found in this text file.

Try to place the search in the upper right corner of your web pages. If your website is coded with Dreamweaver library items, inserting the search into your website can be as simple as modifying one of these items. If each page is coded separately, consider only adding search to your top level pages.

Now is a good time to clean up any orphan files you might have on the production server. Also, if you have Acrobat files on the web without title tags, consider adding the tags, since search results display the title tag. These are two good practices even if you don't place the search on your web pages. All DHHS pages are more visible now with the search engine.

ITS Website Migration Coming Soon

February 2007: ITS is getting ready to migrate a good number of our sites from the Windows 2000 server to a Windows 2003 server. The following websites are affected.

  • Any site that begins with (or This includes DAAS, DSS, DMA, OEO, DSB, MHDDSAS, OCS, Budget and Analysis, Controller's Office, DHR, and Public Affairs (plus any institutions and subsites that have a website that begins with the above URL).
  • DIRM
  • Murdoch Center
  • DVR
  • Forms and Manuals

ITS says that webmasters might need to make alterations in their web forms and in Dreamweaver library items.

Look for specific instructions soon (before the end of February) on what the webmasters of the above sites need to do to prepare for the migration. ITS has pledged to give us sufficient time to make any needed changes.

It's 2007: Do You Know How Accessible your PDFs Are?

February 2007: The departmentís commitment to accessibility is long-standing, but webmasters have not always had the tools or training to comply. Acrobat Professional is much more powerful in creating accessible PDFs than Acrobat Standard, but not all webmasters have Professional. Plus, using the accessibility features of Acrobat Professional is a technical challenge with a steep learning curve. Furthermore, often people who have no role in website creation and no knowledge of accessibility concerns prepare PDF documents that end up on the web.

Best practices for ensuring our PDF documents are accessible are in the making. Online training is being created to help all webmasters (and others who create PDFs for the web) learn the complex process. In the meantime, as a webmaster, be aware of the PDFs that you are asked to place on the web. If you are converting them into PDF format, and you don't have access to Acrobat Professional, alert your manager to the need. Most divisions currently have at least one version of Acrobat Professional. Perhaps you can get access to it. If others give you PDFs for the web, ask them if any effort was made to make the document accessible.

Learn all about making PDF documents accessible at the Adobe Acrobat website.

If you're an expert in PDF accessibility and would be willing to be a resource to other webmasters, email Lois Nilsen.

If you have any thoughts on best practices, email Lois Nilsen.

State of the Web

February 2007: This document, the State of the Web, summarizes the status of the comprehensive website redesign project.






Last Modified: April 30, 2013