Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Humour: Alternative Cookie Policy

Reviewing the website 'small print' finally caused us to flip, somewhere around page 80 of the document....

Cookie policy
Please can we replace ALL of this wording with this instead:

How to control and delete cookies
You can’t control cookies – they have no brains and just sit there waiting to be eaten – similarly, the only way to delete them is to eat them.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Opinion: The SEO Snake Oil Salesmen

"Dear X,

Hope you are doing well.

I thought you might like to know some reasons why you are not getting enough website hits/visitors and conversion.

My name is x.x. and I am the SEO and Digital marketing expert of a leading SEO service provider company. As per my analysis, your website is not performing well in the Google, Yahoo and Bing organic searches..."

Oh, really?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Full Circle Issue 100 is unleashed

At 100 pages this is the biggest issue EVER!

This month:
  • Our Great Ancestor: Warty Warthog
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, Website with Infrastructure, and Programming COBOL
  • Graphics : Inkscape.
  • Survey Results

Monday, 27 July 2015

How-to: Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember [Guest Post]

Magic Lantern By Andrei Niemimäki (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsOriginally 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

Opinion: Is the RSS feed Extinct?

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

How-to: Create Accessible Web Tables Part I

Image: wooden table 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

How-to Understand Access Keys Part II - Yes or No?

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.