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Archive for December, 2010

“Saving” time in Word, PowerPoint and Excel

“Just Browsing” might be considered worthwhile when we are strolling through the mall with no particular must-haves on a shopping list. But when we’re working in Microsoft Office and frequently saving files, taking time to browse for the preferred folder can be about as productive as hunting for a mall parking spot at Christmas!

Your installations of Microsoft Office applications come with default locations defined for saving files. If, for every file you save, you navigate from that location to another, you could be losing lots of time browsing. And if you absently click the save button without specifying the location, you lose more time later searching for the file and/or moving it to the preferred spot. So how do you tell the application that you would like to head to a different location when you start to save a file? Read the rest of ““Saving” time in Word, PowerPoint and Excel” »

Access: Running a Query Using a Filter Dialog Box in a Form

Parameter queries are quite handy to use when you know what to type when the prompt appears. However, have you thought how great it would be if you could create a parameter query in Access with a drop-down  list  – with  options from which to choose?  A simple form with a drop-down list, such as the one shown here, allows the user to run a query to view equipment records based on the Manufacturer criteria selected from this drop-down list:

Image of Filter Dialog Box
The best way to create a drop-down list  is to create a simple form with a combo box that can be referenced by the query. The form and the query work together to provide the desired dataset. Read the rest of “Access: Running a Query Using a Filter Dialog Box in a Form” »

Join us for PDF Portfolios in Acrobat X!

On December 15th from 1-2pm, I’ll be presenting “Getting Started with PDF Portfolios” for Here is the description:

It’s easy to create a PDF Portfolio and add files to it with Adobe Acrobat X. In this eSeminar, you’ll learn how to create and modify a PDF Portfolio to bring together content from a variety of sources, including documents, drawings, images, e-mail, spreadsheets and web pages. Discover how to brand and personalize professionally designed layouts with your company logo and colors using themes; quickly integrate content, define navigation and add polish to communicate clearly and effectively; apply permissions and passwords to help protect sensitive information; and share your portfolio with anyone using free Adobe Reader software.

Learn how to:

  • Unify a wide range of content in a PDF Portfolio
  • Use professionally designed templates and visual themes
  • Maintain individual file settings
  • Merge multiple documents into one PDF file
  • Work with and edit files in the PDF Portfolio
  • Attach native files
  • Incorporate web pages and online content

You can sign up for an event reminder here:

Adobe will also be giving away a few Adobe Gift Bags at the event.  Join us!

The Green Bar of Go: Creating Contextual Structure Using XSLT

Publish Message Sent Successfully

Context Sensitive Navigation
One of the questions that I get asked a lot while teaching the Cascade Server: Site Managers workshop is how to control how hyperlinks are displayed, i.e. using a different style than the default for the current page’s link.

In today’s installment of The Green Bar of Go, we will be discussing a simple technique that will create exactly that effect.

As an example site, I will be using the same site used in our Cascade Server: Contributors, Approvers, and Publishers workshop.

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Web Accessibility Made Easy: Primary Language

This entry in the “Web Accessibility Made Easy” series will discuss setting the primary language of a web page and how to deal with language changes.

Language Attribute

The Language attribute of HTML, lang=”fr”, identifies the language of the document to user agents (browsers, search engines, assistive technology), in this case to French. Including the language attribute in the <html > tag at the beginning of a document sets the primary language for the entire document.  If the document will adhere to the XHTML specification, the xml:lang=”fr” language attribute should also be included. The xml:lang attribute is the standard way to identify language information in XML. Subsequent use of the language attribute changes the primary language to a different language, but only for that HTML element.  Language reverts back to the primary language at the end of the element.  

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