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September 21, 2006 Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2006 at 10:00 AM
Where: Haley Center, room 3233.

At this meeting:
  • Jordan Craddock from the AU chapter of AIGA ( will be discussing how they are using podcasting within their organization.
  • Marcia Kloepper from Poultry Science will discuss their plans for using podcasting from a departmental perspective and tell us about the university's efforts to establish standards and policies regarding podcasitng.


If you are working with ColdFusion, look into this one. Some of you may have worked with or heard of Fusebox. Version 5.0 is now available. It is a proven product, has been around for a while, and is widely used. If you are looking for something a little more OO, maybe you've tried Model-Glue. If you don't like working with xml files, take a look at this one ...CFWheels. CFWheels is one of the newest frameworks (currently version .52). CFWheels is the ColdFusion version of Ruby on Rails. It uses the same terminology, performs the same type of operations (complete with scaffolds), but with ColdFusion under the covers.

AMMUG name changed

At our June meeting, we voted to change the name of our group from "Auburn Macromedia Users Group" to "Auburn Multimedia Users Group". This name change reflects the recent changes from Macromedia to Adobe as well as showing the diverse interests of the members of the group, and allows us to expand our scope. We are still an official Adobe/Macromedia users group, and will continue to cover their products.

Dreamweaver 8.0.2 Update

Adobe has released this month a new update for Dreamweaver 8 that includes improvements in code generated by Dreamweaver for connecting to databases and for inserting Flash in Dreamweaver pages.

W advise you to upgrade, in order to benefit from the security improvements the new release brings. Read more about the Dreamweaver 8.0.2 update.

Silent Release of AU Web Templates Version 2

The development wiki for version 2 is available here. The template downloads inside that wiki are available here. The development versions are still located here but are not for implementation. No redesign of the quicklinks has become official, but my concepts are still here (Javascript) and here (Suckerfish).

posting data from a PDF form to a web script

This took me awhile to figure out, so I thought I'd put it here FWIW:

Open Acrobat and launch the Designer: click Forms on the Tasks toolbar > Create New Form (or Edit Fillable Form if one is already open)

Insert form fields as desired, naming each one via the Binding tab in its Object Window (click Window > Object if it's hidden). For example, say you insert a text text and name it txtName

Insert > Standard > HTTP Submit Button

In the URL field in the button's Object window, enter the url of the script to receive the data

Highlight the submit button and click the XML Source tab. Below the tag, near the tag for the button, find and change format="formdata" to format="urlencoded"

Save the PDF, saying yes when asks you if you're sure you want to modify the XML manually. Post the PDF on a website.

In the script that is to receive the data, use something like this in PHP:

Next Version of AU Templates in Web Standards XHTML/CSS


I'm working on a version 2 of the AU web templates that are web standards XHTML/CSS complient for those AU webmasters that are interested. I started with the large header, but moved to working on the small header first, so it's the only one I've posted. 

The largest issue that I ran into was getting the orange toolbar links to span the entire 565 pixel width.  I tried using an unordered list, but found no successful way to have a variable width for each item and fill the total width of the toolbar. I don't want to have a set pixel width for each toolbar item so that it's expandable for other webmasters to put whatever length text links (or images) in it.  Thus, I used a table for the toolbar.  The orange underglow on the hover event should extend as wide as possible.  FireFox handles making the entire block of each toolbar link clickable, but IE only works for the when the mouse is over the text.

Microsoft Engineering to Discuss Next Generation Microsoft Web Services

Brandon McMillon, academic developer evangelist with Microsoft Corporation will provide an overview of the next generation of Web services -- the Windows Communication Foundation (formally Indigo) - from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in 238 Broun Hall. Sponsored by the AU Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, the seminar will address topics such as the strengths and weaknesses of current Web services, service-oriented architecture, the features of the next generation Web services, and the next generation Web services that will ship with Windows Vista.

Minutes for February 16, 2006

Instead of typing what I said at meeting I'm just going to include a link to the website on accessibility that I used for my presentation.

Creating a More Usable Web

AMMUG Join's User Group Programs of Three Publishing Companies

'm pleased to inform all group members that the Auburn Macromedia Users Group has joined the user group programs of two publishing companies with a third membership pending. One of the perks of being an official Macromedia/Adobe Users Group is that we're given the opportunity to join the user group programs of several publishing companies including O'Reilly, PeachPit, and Sam's Publishing. I've received confirmation of our enrollment from O'Reilly and PeachPit and I hope to hear from Sam's Publishing within a few weeks (just signed up today). Membership in these user group programs does have its benefits including free review copies of currently released books as well as future releases, individual group member discounts, discounts on conferences and tutorials, speakers, free promotional give away items, etc. A categorized list of benefits for each membership is given below includeing discount information and restrictions and procedures for reviewing books. I will update this list as soon as I receive confirmation of our enrollement in the Sam's Publishing User Group program; until then I encourage all group members to take advantage of these benefits and if you have any questions please feel free to submit a question on the forums and I will respond within 24 hours.