MS Word 2010 introduced a few changes from previous versions and if you are a typographical addict you should be pleased with the new option to use ligatures with OpenType fonts.
Below is a screenshot of the options available for font formatting in MS Word 2007 (and iterations of the program before that):
Compare that to the new tab “Advanced” and the new section called “OpenType Features” in the same dialog box in MS Word 2010:
If this is something that interests you, the How-To Geek has a good article to get you started.
If you, like many users of Word, have been taken off the list St Peter has for potential candidates that may enter the pearly gates because of your images misbehaving in Word, then Shauna Kelly explains why pretty clearly.
I especially like her description of what you experience when you try to tame the positioning of that image:
- If you have to press Enter Enter Enter Enter like a deranged Morse code operator to insert some text after an image, it’s because the image is floating, and it should be in line.
- If an image slides around the page like a junior marketing executive at the office Christmas party, it’s because the image is floating, and it should be in line.
Quite a good blog if you want to know why Word behaves erratically at times. Usually it’s because of something you did (or didn’t) do!
The Educause Learning Initiative white paper on mobile learning includes links to the resources of a focus session on this topic held in March 2010. This may provide some thought-provoking ideas for the assignment on which you are working at the moment.
So here I’m working on a presentation and fiddling with trying to get the text to wrap around an image in Powerpoint. This is basic stuff, yes? Oh no, it’s not. Check out the really simple way in which you do this:
Wrap text around an image easily in Powerpoint
A whole page dedicated to explaining this on Microsoft’s site — as well as how to use spacebar, tab and enter when you have an irregular image. Brilliant stuff this.
I hope that you are all looking forward to showing off your HTML skills. You asked for a list of what you need to focus on for the exam, so in brief: everything we covered in class. But as that will probably not satisfy my more critical customers, here is a list.
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You now have access to a “sandbox” in which you can play around to your heart’s content. The idea is that you can acquaint yourselves with the Moodle interface and generate material for your own classroom. When we develop Hot Potatoes exercises — in two weeks’ time — you can then add these to your Moodle course and see how they work. We hope. Enjoy … and kudos to the developer of Moodle: Martin Dougiamas.
Go to HyLL Moodle and then let the rest of the group know what your thoughts and experiences of the framework are.
There has been a slight hitch with processing the video material. I will upload the vodcasts as soon as the technical people have sorted themselves out. In the meantime you can download and do the tutorial 09html_multimedia which is on FTP. The interactivity files (09html_interactivity.zip) will only make sense when viewing the class vodcast of 29/09.
The feeling is that you are slightly “lost” and need some basic pointers to start creating web pages. Here is your opportunity to tell me what you would like to see in the first class next week. I’ll try not to sigh too loudly!
If there are any of you who find that you are unable to play the vodcasts, please look in the Audio folder of the very first CD I sent you. There is a file called klmcodec417.exe which installs the K-Lite Codec Pack — all the codecs you may need and then some. Also installed is Media Player Classic (not to be confused with Windows Media Player or WiMP) with which you can view (and listen to) most media files.
Now why has it taken some of you almost five weeks to realise that you are not alone in this dilemma?
I mentioned on the vodcast that I would put these “rules” on the blog so that you can easily access them.
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