FrameMaker users are a loyal, occasionally even fanatical, bunch. The mystery has always been exactly why that is so. After all, there are lots of software tools out there, and many of them are prettier, faster, and cheaper than FrameMaker. But you don’t hear a lot of discussion about the joys of Visio.
At O’Reilly.net, Hari K. Gottipati writes that “the main disadvantage of Ajax is [because] a Web page is not required to reload to change, many screen readers or other assistive technologies used by sight-impaired or otherwise disabled users may not be aware of the dynamic changes.” (AJAX Accessibility Issue caught vendors attention. Is this a major issue?)
This is bad.
We sometimes use stock images for marketing materials, book covers, and the like. We recently found a stock photo site that sells some high-quality images for a fraction of what of you pay at better-known stock photo firms. Buying a royalty-free image for $3 instead of $300 seems like a really good deal…until you read the fine print.
In his blog, words / myth / amper & virgule, Dick Margulis focuses mostly on writing and editing. But in today’s entry, he discusses relationships between consultant and client, and I think he summed it up most excellently:
“If you are the sort of person who yells humiliating insults at servers in restaurants, I really would rather not work with you. “
Many of our clients are surprised when they discover that I have close working relationships and friendships with other consultants. They seem astonished to discover that we don’t all despise each other.
There’s growing interest in establishing a standard for user assistance. Microsoft’s announcement that Vista will not include a new help viewer may be largely responsible.