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Archive for January, 2011

Add a Smile with Photoshop Puppet Warp

 
Adobe Photoshop CS5 offers a new feature called Puppet Warp that allows you to slenderize, uplift, or transform anything in an image. By stretching, squeezing, and twirling pixels around anchor points, you can alter things in any way you can imagine. Here’s how:

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Use InDesign’s Eyedropper Tool to Apply Text Attributes

eyedropperDid you know that with the Eyedropper tool in InDesign  you can pick up text specifications including font face, size, tracking, color, and paragraph settings - and apply them to multiple text areas? It works much like the Format Painter  in Microsoft Word.

When applying the Eyedropper tool to text, you can either: a) highlight the text that has the appearance you want to copy and then apply the characteristics elsewhere, or b) select the text to which you want to apply new formatting, and then point to a piece of text that has the desired appearance. Each is done a little differently. Here’s how you do it:

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Access – Collecting Data by Email

Access provides great tools for organizing, searching and analyzing data. But before you can use those great tools, you must first enter the data. In Access 2007, a wizard with the monster-name, “Collect Data Through Email Messages Wizard,” for collecting information by email was introduced.  Two aspects of this process make it particularly attractive:

1)      You can set the wizard to automatically deliver data from the email replies directly into the appropriate fields of  your database, and

2)      The data is being entered by the primary source of the information – from their keyboard to your table.

This wizard lives – as you might guess – on the External Data tab of the Ribbon in the Collect Data group. You can start the wizard by first selecting a table or query that holds the fields you want to send out and then clicking the Create E-mail icon.

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Web Accessibility Made Easy: Tab Order

This entry in the “Web Accessibility Made Easy” series discusses an HTML attribute many web developers may overlook… tab order.

Tab order and tabindex

Tab order or “tabbing order”, “defines the order in which (HTML) elements will receive focus when navigated by the user via the keyboard.” (Tabbing navigation, W3C) All elements that by specification or scripting can receive focus will be present in the tab order. The tab order works with the following elements among others…. Read the rest of “Web Accessibility Made Easy: Tab Order” »

Web Accessibility Made Easy: Form Labels

This entry in the “Web Accessibility Made Easy” series will discuss explicitly associating a label with a form control.

Label Elements

The <label> element is an HTML element that defines a label for a specific control on a form.  There are two different ways to use label elements to associate a form control with a meaningful, control specific label. The first way is to associate the label element’s “for” attribute with the corresponding “id” attribute of the form control.  The second way is to give the form control a title attribute, using the label description as the title.

Associating labels with form controls is essential to screen-reader users. Without explicit labeling of form controls, these users would have to guess what kind of information should be entered in each form control. Read the rest of “Web Accessibility Made Easy: Form Labels” »

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