Parking Lot Questions: PowerPoint Files, Subheaders for Text Versions

clock May 26, 2009 18:30
As I mentioned last week, I'm going to answer a few of the questions that were asked during the April 30 Web Coordinators Workshop every week until we get through the list.

This week I'm going to answer two more of the questions from the "parking lot" that we didn't have time to answer during the already busy afternoon. Here's what I'm going to cover:

  • What do you do when you have a PowerPoint file to post? How do you make that accessible?

  • Should subheaders be used in text versions?


Parking Lot Questions: YouTube, the Multimedia Site, Video Formats

clock May 19, 2009 12:52
On April 30, the EERE Web Team presented on standards, social media, and multimedia at the April 2009 Web Coordinators Workshop. During the workshop, we wrote down several questions that we weren't able to answer during the already packed-to-the-brim presentations.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to go through our parking lot questions and answer them here on the blog. And if you have any other questions, or are confused about the answers here, feel free to chime in and comment on these posts!

But, before I begin, I'd like to remind everyone: As we mentioned during the workshop, there are some issues that we do not yet have processes, standards, or even guidelines for. When we don't have hard-and-fast standards for you, we'll try to at least tell you what we're working on and what you should do in the interim.

With that said, let's move on to the questions for this week:

How will YouTube affect where EERE videos will be hosted?
How do we submit new content for the EERE Multimedia site?
What do we do with videos in Windows Media format? [More]

Social Media, Multimedia, and Lessons from the April 30 Training

clock May 12, 2009 16:29
If you attended the Web Coordinators Workshop on April 30, then you had the opportunity to hear firsthand from the EERE Web team about EERE's work in Web standards and guidelines, social media, and multimedia. And if you didn't have the chance to watch in person, you can now read the presentations online!

You can now read all about the April 2009 Web Coordinators Workshop on the Communication Standards Web site. This page includes the presentations, handouts, and group activities from the workshop. It also includes links to all of the standards that were discussed.

During this workshop, we discussed several new standards that were released shortly before the training, some of which you may be interested in:

  • Multimedia Standards: New standards and guidelines for audio files, Flash animations, standalone Flash animations, and Videos.

  • Text Versions: Instructions on how to write a text version, which is required to make all multimedia files meet the accessibly requirements of Section 508.

If you have any questions about the training or the new standards and guidelines, feel free to leave a comment! [More]