Category: Columns

All Access: Why Should I Care About Accessibility?

By Linda Roberts | Senior Member, and Lisa Pappas | Associate Fellow This column shares information about accessibility requirements and techniques, and introduces standards and policies that might affect your products. If you have feedback, contact Linda Roberts at lerober1@yahoo.com. Over the years, people have asked us why they should care about accessibility. It made us think. Here are a few reasons why you should care about accessibility: People with disabilities are a large user group. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2006) in a survey taken in 2002, around 18% of Americans said that they had a disability. To… Read the rest

Media Matters:<br/>PowerPoint: The Multimedia Engine that “Could”

By Marc Lee | Senior Member This column addresses media subjects for technical communicators. It discusses graphics, audio, animation, video, and interactive media as they relate to technical communication. Please send comments to marc@mlmultimedia.com. Some of you may remember a couple of columns I wrote for Intercom on Microsoft Word’s multimedia tools a few years ago (April and July/August 2010). In this column, we’ll continue with the theme of “the untapped multimedia power of everyday tools” in talking about PowerPoint’s multimedia and e-learning features. PowerPoint has been criticized in some circles for fostering sloppy thinking and an overkill of fonts,… Read the rest