Our Initiatives

In addition to providing web support and design services to the Perelman School of Medicine, our team is involved in several ongoing initiatives:

Web Accessibility

DART and the University as a whole is committed to ensuring that there are no barriers preventing people with disabilities from interacting with our websites. The standard for Penn websites is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA, which includes a set of recommendations for making pages more accessible, both for people with disabilities and for users of mobile devices. Achieving this goal is important so that all individuals have the opportunity to consume information equitably.

Our team completed a thorough analysis of its websites and applications, created a detailed plan, and has begun making the coding changes required for compliance. In line with University goals, the initial focus was on public-facing sites aimed at primarily current or prospective students. That work was completed in Fall 2020. Next on the list are high-profile public-facing sites and the sites that see the most traffic.

Once the underlying code has been remediated, we need to work with MODX publishers to assess and fix issues related to web content such as the proper use of image ALT tags, readable PDFs, and descriptive link labels. 

See the University's helpful guidelines and resources for more information on how you can make your site more accessible.

MODX Improvements

Cropping images for websites has always been a hassle, requiring publishers to use a separate program outside of the MODX editor. To address this issue, we are planning to roll out a new add-on to the MODX rich text editor that will allow images to be cropped in MODX, itself.

Estimated date of rollout: early 2021

Video Streaming via MyMediasite

Our team, in partnership with Space Planning and Operations (SPO) Media and Technology Services, now provides video hosting via a product called MyMediasite. This service will make posting videos far easier and faster. We are currently working with SPO and the DART Sys Admin team to transition all of our current videos hosted on media.med.upenn.edu to this new platform.

Estimated date of completion: Summer 2021