Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 3, 2004
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level

  1. Nebrask@ Online vs. Nebraska Interactive.

    Rod Armstrong explained that Nebrask@ Online is a brand name wholly owned by the State of Nebraska. Nebraska Interactive LLC is a for profit company, owned by NIC USA, a publicly traded corporation. NIC specializes in creating web sites and web portals for government use.

    Nebraska Interactive does not have a web presence. They do business as Nebrask@ Online, under contract with the State of Nebraska. Were they to lose the contract, the name of Nebrask@ Online would be retained by the State.

    Mr. Armstrong also informed us that the physical web hosting location will be in Washington DC with a backup in Chicago. They had considered building one locally, but it was determined to be more cost effective, and provide better service, to locate it in Washington. There should be no noticeable difference in usage. As agency web sites are transferred, the agency will be notified of any necessary changes.

    It was also noted that content maintenance of web sites can be performed by them for $25 an hour.

  2. Chair-Elect Election.

    JoDee Steele, of IMS, volunteered and was unanimously elected as Chair-Elect.

  3. Branding.

    Further discussion took place on the proposed Branding standard.

    The question of the Brand Graphic linking to the state home page was brought up.

    A motion was made, seconded, and approved to remove part 1.12, "The Brand Graphic will link to Nebraska.gov, the official State home page."

    Discussion of usability studies took place as well as exemptions.

    During discussion, a motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the Standard as is (with the removal of 1.12, as noted above).

    A motion was made, seconded, and approved to draft exemption guidelines for inclusion into the overall document. The guidelines will be presented at the next meeting.

  4. Accessibility.

    A presentation of JAWS by Nancy Coffman of the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

    Ms. Coffman's presentation made it clear how web sites are accessed with a JAWS reader. The presentation was very informative. It was suggested that anyone can check to see how accessible their site is through Webaim.org, freedomscientific.com, or other web sites.

  5. Positioning with Cascading Style Sheets

    Daryn Warriner of NOL asked to postpone this to January.

  6. Webmaster Roundtable — E-Government Conference

    Cat Souliere stated that the upcoming Nebraska Digital Government Summit would include a webmaster roundtable.

    Since the meeting, the invitation has gone out for the Summit. It will be held December 1 at the Cornhusker Hotel. It is free for government employees. For further information, or to register, go to http://www.govtech.net/?pg=events/conference&confid=229.

  7. Guidelines.

    At the last meeting, we started talking about guidelines for web sites. Do people want to be on a committee for this? Should this be combined with the accessibility guidelines? This item was postponed for time reasons.

  8. Miscellaneous.

    There were no items.

  9. Adjourn.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, January 12, 2005
2:00 p.m.
Governor's Residence, Lower Level