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What is an instructional designer?

What is an instructional designer?

What is instructional design? Instructional design is the development of education materials, content, and delivery modes. Analysis of learner needs is an important initial stage, as is the identification of desired learning outcomes. Education technology is highly viable – you’ll hear terms like LX (learner experience) and LMS (learning management system) drawing from everything from…

A Flare CSS primer: CSS in action

A Flare CSS primer: CSS in action

(This is the second of two articles about Madcap Flare’s use of Cascading Style Sheets) In a previous article, A Flare CSS Primer, we looked at how Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) work to selectively apply formatting. In this article, we’ll take this theoretical knowledge about how CSS works and put it to practical use in…

A Flare CSS primer: Essential CSS concepts

(This is the first of two articles about Madcap Flare and CSS) If you’re just getting into Flare, you may be surprised to find many similarities with Word. If you use Flare the way you use Word, you might be very productive, but you’d be missing out on some of Flare’s best features. By diving…

Creating a relationship table in Madcap Flare

Creating a relationship table in Madcap Flare

Flare has a powerful and flexible tool called relationship tables, which allow you to group related topic pages, and also include one or more concept and reference links. A “concept” link typically displays a page that relates to all the tasks in the table, such as a higher level overview or summary. A “reference” link…

The basics of linking topics in Flare

Flare gives you several basic tools for grouping links to related topics. The most time-consuming method is manual — you create a Related Topics list of hyperlinks at the bottom of each topic page. To do this, type the heading, “Related topics”, then type each topic name and create a hyperlink to the appropriate page. The…

Customize Flare’s tripane icons

It’s a nice touch to customize the icons used in Flare’s tripane online help. Sometimes small design touches make a noticeable contribution to the polish and professionalism of online help. In this post I’ll take you through the steps of finding the icons in an output folder, changing them, and then uploading the new icons via the…

Mastering Word’s typographic controls

Mastering Word’s typographic controls

Typography is the art and craft of arranging text on the page and screen for maximum legibility and comprehension. The world of typography changed forever when Jan Tschichold published The New Typography in 1928. Tschichold was part of the 1920s Bauhaus movement in Modernist design that radically changed our ideas about architecture, graphic design, product…

Creating Professional Layouts in Robohelp

At the ripe old age of 24, Robohelp is the granddaddy of online help and looks it. The familiar layout of folders on the left and topic pages on the right hasn’t changed much over time and appears particularly dated in an era of touchscreens, responsive web pages, and mobile apps. However, you might be…

Madcap Flare: Tips and Tricks

MadCap Flare is an extremely powerful single sourcing and content management platform capable of publishing to a variety of formats. Today, I’ll cover tips on online help HTML5 outputs. This is aimed at the intermediate Flare user who wants to work with their online output to create more visually interesting Help or FAQs. Tips on…

MadCap Flare: Tips and Tricks

MadCap Flare is an extremely powerful single sourcing and content management platform capable of publishing to a variety of formats. In this article, I’ll cover tips on using Page Layouts for printed PDF documents. This is aimed at the intermediate Flare user who wants to add more polished page layouts, and create more visually interesting…

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