[Web4lib] Need efficient way to post "library closing" message

Heather Ebey weblibrarian at sent.com
Thu Nov 30 12:32:20 EST 2006

Hi Kathy,

I would use a server-side include (SSI). For something common to each  
page, such
as the footer, I use SSI files. My thought on this, since you need it  
to appear at the top
of certain pages occasionally, is that I would create an external  
file with the XHTML
content needed and then add the SSI line to the location you want the  
content to
appear in each page. I think that if you put an empty file in place  
when you don't
need content, that there will be no browser complaints. I have not  
tried an empty
SSI file on all browsers, so I could be wrong.

Heather H. Ebey
Web Technologist
School of Library and Information Science
San Jose State University

On Nov 30, 2006, at 9:05 AM, Kathy Gaynor wrote:

> In the past, we have added a message to the top of selected pages  
> on our web
> site to inform our users of the library's closure over the winter  
> holidays.
> For example, we would add a message to our home page, main database  
> page,
> our request forms, "Ask a Librarian" email reference form, etc.  
> There are
> probably about 18 pages that were involved.  We thought that we  
> should add
> this message to more than just our home page as users may take various
> routes to get to a specific page.
> I'm wondering if there are other more efficient ways to handle this  
> other
> than manually adding the message to each page and deleting it after  
> we come
> back to school in January.  We recently revised our web site to be  
> compliant and to use style sheets.
> Thanks for any suggestions you might have.  Our web site is at
> <http://library.webster.edu>.
> Kathy M. Gaynor
> Reference Librarian
> Emerson Library/Webster University
> 470 E. Lockwood Ave.
> St. Louis, MO 63119
> (314) 961-2660 x7811
> kgaynor at webster.edu
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