posted by Austin Lord on October 4, 2019
The Web Framework began as a collaboration between IU Communications, UITS, and a committee of individuals from across IU campuses and schools. Earlier this year, several of the teams that contributed to the Framework reorganized under IU Studios, and a team was formalized to support the product and continue making regular updates and bug fixes.
While the Framework Committee still holds regular meetings, and we rely on users to submit bug reports and feature requests, we’ve recognized a need for greater engagement with the IU community that uses the Web Framework, and have constructed a roadmap and product summary that outlines our next steps in product and community development. Several key components are outlined below.
Web Framework 2.0
Based on technical research over the last several months, and feedback from framework users across IU, we see the need for a new version of the Web Framework that better meets author, publisher, and developer needs, and provides simpler methods of making updates and modifications to framework sites.
The need to rethink the Web Framework product coincides with the announcement of Rivet 2, and presents an opportunity to align IU’s websites and apps (which currently use the Web Style Guide and Rivet, respectively), while improving upon the Web Framework product.
In October 2019, we’ll begin developing Web Framework 2.0 to build on what we’ve learned from the Web Framework, and to provide a refined set of tools for creating brand-compliant, accessible websites in IU’s enterprise WCMS. We’re targeting Spring 2020 for a public alpha release, with a comment period to gather feedback from site owners across IU. A full production release will follow later in 2020, dependent on the release of Rivet 2.0.
We’ll provide the tools and support necessary to migrate your sites from the current version of the Web Framework to 2.0, and to help maintain your web properties into the future. In particular, we’re pursuing the development of a tool that automates site updates, such as the Landmarks update released in February 2019, so that these improvements can be made in minutes, rather than hours.