Monday, 27 July 2015
Originally posted Sep 18, 2014 via LinkedIn Pulse - Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember.
"Power-Point is only a glorified slide-show; the point of power in the room should be the speaker." Thomas Everchild
Powerpoint for presentations, briefings, speeches, pitches … friend or foe? The pros and cons, and how to get the best out of your slideshows...
Or - how to engage not enrage your audiences.
Any speaker wants more than anything else to capture the audience's attention, keep it, and get that message across.
Monday, 29 June 2015
RSS: according to which definition you prefer, it's either Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary, Really Simple Syndication or Rarely Seems Synchronised (OK, I made that one up). Essentially it's a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video.
RSS has been around since 1991, first used for the Netscape Portal, so is coming up for a quarter-century old. The question then, is RSS extinct?
Thursday, 25 June 2015
If you look back at the first twenty-five years of HTML mark-up for tables on the web, you will see the original mark-up was quite basic, with little regard for assistive technologies such as screen readers; at the beginning they didn't exist.
Add to this the difficulties of laying out information and graphics on a screen. In the early days before proper styling of HTML, web designers would obsessively render whole sites using tables for every page because that was the only way to consistently reproduce their artistic masterpieces in different web-browsers. Mostly.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
In How-to Understand Access Keyes part one, we looked at Access Keys, what they are for, how they work and th UK government recommendations for standard Access Keys.
In 2004, a standard emerged using numbers, which promotes consistency for users, and the
increased predictability of keyboard shortcuts on different sites. These include, for example, 1 to go to the homepage, 4 for search, 9 for contact, and others.
Now things get more lively; are they a good idea and should you implement them? This is exactly what I found myself asking in an accessibility review this week.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Access keys enable a user to navigate a site using keyboard short-cuts, improving both the usability and accessibility of a website. Or so the theory goes.
The access key attribute, introduced in HTML4.0 and promoted as a government standard, provides for keyboard short-cuts as an alternative form of navigation. This addition allows users with limited physical capabilities to navigate a website more easily.
Also known as "Accelerator Keys", "Shortcut Keys" or "Accesskeys", they can be used in most browsers, and work as short-cuts to enable people to navigate a site using a keyboard. Every browser treats these differently, some shifting focus to the link specified, and some activating the link as though it were clicked on... so the theory goes. You know what's coming next...
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Team Building used to consist of everyone piling into a room, death by PowerPoint from our Glorious Leaders and thinly veiled threats of what would happen if we didn't shut up, get on with it and meet the expected Mission Impossible revenue/savings/productivity/overtime targets.
These days we have to be more inclusive.
How do you balance a productive day of activities to encourage collaboration, discipline and commitment to shared values, with some element of fun that will suit everyone? And how, without a three-line whip and the threat of penalties for die-hard opters-out, do you avoid ritually humiliating one or several members of staff with an experience akin to a mandatory fourth-grade cross-country run in your underpants?