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UX lecture – part two

Here is part two of my UX&A lecture series. This presentation covers the very basics of XML, and its role in documentation and training.

Click on the title slide below to launch the presentation.


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View part one of the series, which discusses current and future trends in UX&A; and part three, which covers andragogy.

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UX lecture – part one

Last year, I provided a series of presentations on the current trends in User Experience and Assistance (UX&A) for a group of colleagues.

I’ve decided to post my slides from these three presentations here at monkeyPi. There is no audio narration included, but (hopefully) the slides should be easy enough to follow.

Part one covers the recent history of user assistance, along with a “big picture” view of future trends in both UX&A and computing technology in general. Click on the title slide below to launch the presentation.


(Note: you will need the Flash plugin to view the presentation.)

Much of the information contained in these presentations was gleaned from industry leaders present at the Pubsnet 2005 Doc/Train conference.

Stay tuned for parts two and three. In those, I cover the basics of XML technology and andragogy, respectively.

UPDATE: I have posted parts two and three.

6 July 2006
I have made a change to slide 10 – eHelp did not acquire Blue Sky Software… it was simply a name change. I apologize for the error. Thanks very much to Anthony Olivier at MadCap for pointing out the correction.

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Mirror looks into the future

The Persuasive Mirror is a device that monitors your appearance and behavior and “reflects” an image of the future you. The goal is to provide motivation for people who aren’t taking care of themselves… for instance, a poor eater might see his reflected self as overweight.

Just to see what would happen, I purchased two of them and aimed them at each other face-to-face. There was a rip in the fabric of spacetime, and the mirrors disappeared into a vortex of spinning light. The only thing left over was this bizarre image, which slowly faded away. It’s still giving me nighmares.

Image credit & copyright Accenture.

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