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Web Site Usage Tips

​Web Site Usage Tips

Recommended browsers

  • Firefox (Mac OS and Windows)
  • Google Chrome (Mac OS and Windows)
  • Internet Explorer 11 (Windows)
  • Safari (Mac OS)

For editing ACPS web content, Firefox is by far the best browser to use.

Known Issues

Division Alerts

The alerts banner that we display across the top of all web pages during weather emergencies and school closings will sometimes display briefly, then disappear.  This seems to be related to end-user browser cache settings.  Re-loading a page time or two usually forces the browser to display the browser consistently.

Chrome and Sharepoint

Google's Chrome browser fails to display the "Styles" menu in Sharepoint's toolbar as expected. Chrome also has compatibility problems with various form, library and list functions.  We recommend Firefox for editing APCS web pages and lists in Sharepoint.

Viewing PDFs and Other File Formats

Some information on this site is presented in PDF and Microsoft Office file formats. Below are links to free software you can use to open these files.

PDF

Recent versions of Firefox, Chrome and Safari web browsers can display PDFs without additional software. You may also install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your computer and configure your browser to use that instead.

Microsoft Office Files

By installing Open Office or the appropriate Microsoft File Viewer, you can access the content of Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents even if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer:

Mac, Linux and Windows Users:
Open Office
Windows Users:
Word Viewer
Excel Viewer
PowerPoint Viewer

Enhancements for Mobile Compatibility

The ACPS web site gets a new look every year, but changes made in the summer of 2016 went much deeper. That overhaul incorporated open-source code that gives us, for the first time, a "responsive" web site that automatically adapts to the smaller screens of tablets and smartphones.

Previously, on the screens of mobile devices, our full-size web layouts simply scaled down, creating some serious usability challenges.

Our web pages now "respond" to the size of the user's device: columns of content re-flow to stack up vertically, images shrink, and navigation menus collapse.

Consequently, all our School web sites as well as the main Division site now provide a much improved user experience on smaller displays.

Get Acrobat PDF Reader You may need the free Acrobat Reader to access information presented in PDF format.