Archive for February, 2010

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OMG-WTF continuum

February 28, 2010

Interesting infographic…

Seen here: http://www.omlidt.com/2010/02/15/infographic-hvad-der-sker-mellem-omg-og-wtf/

[Link last checked February 2010; tweeted by Karen M from Denmark]

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Need to write a mission statement?

February 27, 2010

If you have to write a mission statement and are having trouble coming up with enough waffly goobledegook words, then head over to the Mission Statement Generator web page (http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_feb2001/AutoMSG.htm) and click the Create Mission Statement button to get your own randomly generated mission statement!

Here’s the one I got:

If you want a bit more control over the words, then try the manual version (http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_feb2001/ManualMSG.htm) where you can pick your own phrases and adjectives to come up with something truly incomprehensible!:

[Links last checked February 2010]

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Adobe Captivate videos

February 26, 2010

If you use Adobe Captivate, you might be interested in viewing some of the Captivate 4 training videos from Adobe, available from here: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/captivate/videos/

[Link last checked February 2010; thanks to RJ Jacquez for tweeting about this resource]

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Personality test using colors

February 25, 2010

Most of us have done some sort of personality test at some time. Perhaps you were asked to do a formal test (like Myers-Briggs) for a career assessment, or maybe you’ve just done some fun tests on the internet.

Well, here’s something a little different — a free personality test using colors, available online here:  http://www.careerpath.com/career-tests/colorcareercounselor.aspx

You choose the colors you like the most and the least and at the end you’re given an assessment of your two strongest characteristics based on your color choices, along with suggested careers for each personality type.

BTW, my strongest characteristics on my first attempt were Organizer and Researcher — no surprises there! I did the test again a few days later and this time my results were Creator and Social Manager. Obviously I must’ve chosen different colors the second time round. Interestingly, the two careers I’ve had in my working life — librarian and technical writer — are both listed in the Creator classification, and ‘proofreader’ is listed under the Organizer occupational category (I do a lot of editing, too).

[Link last checked February 2010]

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Usability/accessibility of web conferencing tools

February 24, 2010

Hadi Rangin and Marc Thompson, from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, tested the usability and accessibility of four web conferencing applications — Adobe Connect, Elluminate, Saba Central, and Talking Communities — against several criteria. They presented their findings at the Accessing Higher Ground conference in Colorado (November 2009):

Their accessibility testing and evaluation of web conferencing applications was geared only toward keyboard and screen reader accessibility, and only for the most essential, common features of these applications. Their tests focused on functional aspects, specifically users’ ability to deploy and operate the application:

  1. Setup and Configuration
  2. Navigation
  3. Styling
  4. Operation.

[Links last checked December 2009]

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Word: Text butting up against page numbers in a TOC

February 23, 2010

Sometimes, the last word of a heading butts up against the right-aligned page number and doesn’t wrap to the next line, as shown in the screen shot below:

Text butts up against the page number

Text butts up against the page number

It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. The problem is that this situation makes it hard to read both the last word and the page number.

One ‘solution’ is to force it to wrap by doing a forced line break in the heading, but this is not ideal.

Well, I discovered another way to solve the problem that involves a slight change to the TOC1, TOC2, and TOC3 styles in the template (or document). Just set the right indent for the paragraph setting for each of these styles to 0.5 cm (1/4″). The word butting up against the page number now wraps correctly to the next line and is much more readable:

Adding a right indent adds a little more white space

Adding a right indent adds a little more white space

Problem solved!

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Moving on…

February 22, 2010

My business, CyberText Consulting Pty Ltd, is moving!

Actually, by the time you read this, we should have moved and with luck — and the help of the wonderful staff at PC Guru and iinet — all our computer systems and internet connections should be up and running. Cross fingers, toes, and everything else.

We’ve moved from a small town in the heart of the south-west corner of Western Australia to a location just north of a major regional centre (but still in the south-west). We’re now closer to Perth, our capital city — instead of being some 2.5 to 3 hours drive from Perth, we’re now about 75 to 90 minutes drive away. We’re also about a 15 min drive — not 75 mins — from the facilities and services of a city of some 80,000 people. And much closer to the ocean.

Why move? Well, the town we were in was very hilly and surrounded by some of the most forested areas of Western Australia. It was absolutely beautiful and pleasantly mild for much of the year, but in the hot Western Australian summers the area is an extreme fire hazard. In about 2004, some very large bushfires came close to the town, and in 2009, a massive out-of-control bushfire came within 3 km (2 miles) of the town before a fortuitous wind shift turned it in another direction. I discovered that I didn’t deal well with living in a fire-prone area, so we’ve moved to a less hazardous area. Nowhere in Australia is truly safe from bushfires in summer, but there are places where the risk is less — and where I hope to feel much safer.

For those who need to update their address books, the new postal address and phone numbers will be on the CyberText website very soon… Mobile phone, email address, Skype contact details, etc. remain the same.

[Links last checked February 2010]