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Saturday, January 24, 2015


I am participating in two EVO sessions this year – “Crafting the ePerfect Textbook” and “Educators and Copyright: Do the Right Thing”.

For week 2 of the eText session, I have written up a short analysis of different things that can be included in eTexts, and how much of that is up to the author (as opposed to the software or machine presenting the eText). To illustrate some of the things authors can do with eTexts without even learning any programming or using apps or the such, I made five style sheets to control the layout for various situations (mobile, accessibility, printing, and the such).

The page is here. Warning: it is long.

posted by spackman at 17:54  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Justify Both Sides in LibreOffice

One of the many great things about LaTeX is its ability to fill text, that is, to justify flush left and flush right on the same line, with extraneous space all in the middle. Until recently, I had not been able to get any WYSIWYG word processor to do it consistently. Sometimes centering the text, placing the cursor, and then hitting tab would work, sometimes it wouldn’t. Searching on-line didn’t turn up anything — but it is possible that I just wasn’t using the appropriate search terms. Before, fill justified text was a luxury that I didn’t really need. However, current APA guidelines require filled justified text in the running head. Anyhow, after about 20 minutes of playing around (yes, only 20 minutes), I think I have figured out how to fill justify in LibreOffice.


posted by spackman at 17:00  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter 2014, First Snow

We had a large-ish snow storm on the 17th. “Large” considering that it is the middle of November. I think the total was around 3 to 5 inches.

Anyhow, here is a time-lapse video from a webcam in an undisclosed location in central Ohio. The video includes the entire day in about 16 seconds. Enjoy.

Central Ohio, First Snow Winter 2014 from Chris Spackman on Vimeo.

posted by spackman at 19:05  

Monday, June 23, 2014

LibreOffice: APA Cover Page & Running Head

Here is a screencast I made for class, showing how to set up an APA cover page and subsequent pages using LibreOffice. APA requires different running heads on the first page (the cover page) and all subsequent pages.


posted by spackman at 09:35  
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