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Web publishing and web accessibility

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Web accessibility

Lund University's websites are subject to the Law on Accessibility to Digital Public Services (European Union Web Accessibility Directive), which requires that both technology and content be accessible to visitors, regardless of any disabilities.

As the person responsible for, or publisher of a website, you need to understand how to make the website accessible to everyone. On the Web accessibility web pages, you can read more about how the University's websites and web-based systems can be made accessible, as well as get support on how to create accessible content.

Web accessibility – introduction and support

Tools for web publishing

Lund University is a broad organisation with a large number of websites with different target groups and content. Within Lund University, many different web publishing tools, blog tools and other solutions are used to share information over the internet. If your organisation needs to publish online content, please start by contacting your nearest communications officer. You can also contact your faculty's (or equivalent) contact person for web-related questions – see the info box on this page for contact information.

Go to the page Contact a communications officer

University-wide web solution

Many of the University’s websites are located in a university-wide web solution in the Drupal publication tool. The web solution is co-financed and offered to all organisational units within Lund University.

The web solution includes:

  • an empty website, with basic functionality and designed according to Lund University design templates, ready to be filled with content.
  • training in the use of the Drupal tool.
  • support and user assistance.
  • a technical platform which is regularly updated to ensure operational and IT security, and continuously developed to offer an attractive long-term solution.
  • the opportunity to submit requests for further development of the tool.

If your organisation is interested in using the University-wide web solution, you can register an expression of interest in a website. You will then be contacted by Web Communications.

Register an expression of interest in a Drupal website (form in Swedish)

User support and assistance

If you are a website manager or publisher with a website in the University-wide web solution in Drupal, assistance and support are available in the Drupal quick guide, which is continuously updated.

Go to the selection of guides from "Drupal-lathunden" translated to English

In case of problems with one of the University’s websites, please contact the Service Desk via email servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se or telephone +46 46 222 90 00. Always state the web address (URL) for the page concerned.

Offer of a University-wide blog solution

Blog or regular website – what is appropriate?

A blog is a form of website that is particularly suited for content which is regularly updated with new posts. Unlike a "regular" website where the content is primarily grouped depending on the topic (e.g. research, education) and/or type of content (e.g. news article, calendar event), in a blog, new content is published in a flowing chronological order. The latest posts come first, and the time and date are usually clearly stated. Blog posts are often "tagged", that is, the publisher marks each post with different subject labels that are suitable – tags – which become clickable links that allow the visitor to get to other posts on the same subject.

Blogs often differ from websites in that they are more personal and informally written. They can therefore complement a website in a context where you want to build a closer relationship with your audience, and where you have a clearly defined target group with an interest in the content.

Within the University, there are a number of ways to use a blog. For example: 

  • Projects that want to regularly provide updates on what is happening in the project
  • To communicate specific research results, for example, from a research project 
  • To inform prospective students about life as a student at Lund 
  • To describe current issues and thoughts from the University Management (vice-chancellors blog) 

University-wide blog solution in WordPress 

Corporate Communications offers a standard tool for blogs in WordPress. The solution consists of complete templates, in accordance with the Lund University profile, that are easy to use.

What does the offer include?

  • An empty blog with standard functions* and in accordance with the Lund University design templates
  • Help getting started with the blog tools (WordPress)
  • Personal administration of users of and access to your blog
  • Regular security updates

*Special adaptations, such as installing specific plug-ins or changing themes, are not possible in this standard solution.

Web templates

Lund University has common standards for the design of our websites in the form of web templates. There are a number of reasons for using the same web templates. It is to be clear that Lund University is the sender. Visitors should be able to recognise our websites and understand how different components work and where to find certain types of information. And, as an organisation, we must be able to ensure that various design elements – such as buttons, fonts and links – are designed so that they comply with the Law on Accessibility to Digital Public Service, for example, with, sufficient contrasts in colours and clarity on what is clickable.

Each unit with its own web publishing system is responsible for implementing the web templates. The web department at Corporate Communications implements the university-wide web solution in Drupal. The web department is also responsible for the continuous management and development of the web templates for the entire University.

Documentation of the web templates can be found in a style guide. Other digital systems with a user interface can also take design components from the style guide, even if it is primarily developed for websites.

External university-wide websites

The external websites for all of Lund University – lu.se and its English equivalent lunduniversity.lu.se – are the most visited among the University’s websites, with potential students as their primary target group.

Other important target groups include the research world, including research funders, the media, current students, the school world and donors. You can also find news, calendar and overall information about research, external engagement, innovation and more here. Visitors are also directed to faculty and department websites as well as to the University’s research portal.

The content on lu.se and lunduniversity.lu.se is managed by page managers at different editorial offices. However, any employee may publish events themselves in the calendar on lu.se:

Adding an event to the calendar on lu.se

Servicedesk

If you encounter problems with any of the University’s websites, please contact servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se, +46 46 222 90 00. Always state the web address (URL) for the page concerned.

Contact people, web

School of Economics and Management
Katarina Csanta
katarina [dot] csanta [at] ehl [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculties of Humanities and Theology
Birgitta Lastow
birgitta [dot] lastow [at] ht [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Law
Magnus Svensson
magnus [dot] svensson [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts
Nina Hansson
nina [dot] hansson [at] kanslik [dot] lu [dot] se 

Faculty of Engineering (LTH)
Yens Wahlgren
yens [dot] wahlgren [at] lth [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Medicine
Björn Martinsson
bjorn [dot] martinsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se   

Faculty of Science
Helena Bergqvist
helena [dot] Bergqvist [at] science [dot] lu [dot] se

Faculty of Social Sciences 
Helena Lind
helena [dot] lind [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

University Library
Christel Holmberg
christel [dot] holmberg [at] ub [dot] lu [dot] se

University Specialised Centres
Cecilia von Arnold
cecilia [dot] von_arnold [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se  

Corporate Communications
Petra Svensson
petra [dot] svensson [at] kommunikation [dot] lu [dot] se

Servicedesk

If you encounter problems with any of the University’s websites, please contact servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se, +46 46 222 90 00. Always state the web address (URL) for the page concerned.