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Tip of the day: Do not require location-based services, but allow them!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 19th, 2011

Do not require location-based services on your website, blog, or other digital media, but do allow them. According to Pew Internet, “28% of American adults use mobile and social location-based services.”  If you want to include location-based services in your website, blog, or other digital media, do so. But do not require your users to […]

Tip of the Day: How to figure out what the reading level of your text is

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 30th, 2011

In yesterday’s Tip of the Day, I discussed how the average US adult reads at an 8th grade reading level. So, if you are writing something to be read by the average American, you need to write at an 8th grade reading level. Today’s tip shows you how to figure that out. In Word 2010: […]

Screen Space 21: The Rhetorical Situation Part 1—Audience

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 30th, 2011

This is episode 21 of Screen Space “The Rhetorical Situation Part 1—Audience.” In this episode, I discuss the rhetorical situation in general and then focus on audience and how to analyze your audience.

 
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The Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/) has huge collections of media and cultural artifacts available for access and use by “researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public” and of course web designers, bloggers, and media designers. Justin Lewis briefly discussed and recommended the Internet Archive in in Screen Space 15: An interview with Justin Lewis on “Copyleft, […]

ATTW 2011 Title: Must Beyond Bullets Mean Beyond Accessible? Accessibility Considerations for Contemporary Presentation Design Presenter: Cheri Lemieux Spiegel, Northern Virginia Community College Session: B.6 – Visualizing Technical Communication Time & Location: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm; Room: M109 (Marquis Level) Key Points and Take Aways: Balancing usability, accessibility, and aesthetics is difficult, but there […]

Tracking your 15 minutes of fame: How info is shared online

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on January 14th, 2011

Do you ever wonder why some blog posts are so popular and others get no notice? Researchers Leskovec and Yang have wondered this and did something about it by analyzing patterns in how news stories are shared online. Their findings can help predict the rise and fall of popularity of news stories and the sharing […]

Internet use around the world: 21.3%

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 26th, 2010

Ever wonder how many people around the world or in particular countries use the Internet? This handy resource by Google provides a graph over time (1990-2007), allowing you to see and compare Internet users as percentage of population for a variety of countries. You can select by check boxes from a long list of countries […]