Monthly Archives: September 2008

How to make Powerpoint Presentations Accessible on the Web

I was asked whether powerpoint presentations would be accessible on the web. From what I have researched the short answer is no! So I have put together some resources below to assist you in making powerpoint accessible on the web.

Web accessibility for all has produced some useful tutorials on how to make powerpoint presentations accessible on the web.

Adobe has created some useful tips in their Building an Accessible Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation article – including:

  • Add text equivalents to all images
  • Limit use of animations and transitions
  • If animations are used, ensure that they remain accessible
  • Use the Notes panel to include text transcripts of audio tracks

Web Accessibility in Mind (WebAIM) have also some useful guidelines in their article Powerpoint Accessibility. This boils down to provide an HTML equivalent!

The The National Center on Disability and Access to Education has produced: NCDAE Tips and Tools: Microsoft PowerPoint to kick of the discussion of accessibility and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Please comment and add other resources which will be helpful to make Powerpoint presentations accessible on the web.


Do you Woopra?

What on earth is Woopra? Woopra is a comprehensive, information rich, easy to use, real-time Web tracking and analysis application. And it’s free! It provides: Live Tracking and Web Statistics; Rich User Interface; Real-time Analytics; Manage Multiple Blogs and Websites; Deep Analytic and Search Capabilities; Click-to-Chat; Visitor and Member Tagging; Real Time Notifications; Easy Installation and Update Notification and Developer Tools.

This is live stats – see it as it is happening on your website!

The Woopra interface installs onto your computer as a desktop client and it was very easy to install.

Currently, Woopra is in beta testing phase (version 1.2 beta) with access only available by private invitation. You can request an invitation by signing up for Woopra, and notification of approval will be by email. This is what I did

I had to wait a few weeks until yesterday when my Woopra request was approved. I then downloaded a tiny piece of javascript code and stuck it in the footer of the site and now I am Woopraing!

Woopra desktop client interface

Web Analytics for Government

1 Day Web Analytics Course

Learn how to analyse a government website using Google Analytics, Urchin or another web analytics tool.

If you are currently using a web analytics tool to analyse your department’s website or are looking to add this to your website, then this course is for you.

In 2005 the Auditor General produced a report "Measuring the Efficiency and Effectiveness of E-Government". This report showed the importance of correctly measuring websites to provide evidence of the value of the online initiatives of government departments. This course will assist you to develop the skills to do just that.

In just 1 day we will take you from the basics of this tool through to advanced analysis. This course will use Google Analytics during the presentation, however the skills you learn during this course can be used in other web analytics tools such as:

  • Urchin
  • ClickTracks
  • WebTrends
  • Omniture
  • HBX

Participants are encouraged to discuss their needs in advance of attending this course. Participant websites will be used as case studies during the course with their permission.

Who Should Attend?

Managers & professionals working in Government, web developers working on government websites

  • Does your agency or department have a website?
  • Are you looking to understand how successful your website is in serving your constituents?
  • Are you interested in getting real results from your website?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you.

Where and When?

Melbourne – Wednesday October 22, 2008

Register at Panalyis.

Stoney’s Web Marketing Checklist

Stoney deGeyter at Search Engine Guide has published his best ever website marketing checklist. With more than 400 items within 23 categories, there is a lot to consider when marketing your website.

The 23 categories include:

  • Domain name and URL
  • Browser Issues
  • Site logo
  • Design considerations
  • Architectural issues
  • Navigation
  • Content
  • Content appearance
  • Links and buttons
  • Home page
  • About us page
  • Contact us page
  • E-Commerce considerations
  • Product pages
  • Basket page
  • Mini baskets
  • Checkout process
  • Login & My Account pages
  • Help and FAQ pages
  • Forms and errors
  • Site Search
  • Privacy and Security pages
  • Site map

Although not all applicable to government websites, you can pick the ones which apply and do further research on them.