Corrupt Fonts in Microsoft Word on OS X

For awhile now I have been suf­fer­ing from a bad case of microsoft­ness. Every­time I launch an Office app I have been get­ting end­less cor­rupt font errors, which pre­vent the app from open­ing cor­rect­ly. Not sur­pris­ing­ly no oth­er pro­grams are effect­ed it’s just an office prob­lem. I have tried switch­ing to NeoOf­fice and the oth­er con­tenders but Office is by far the best tool for the job.

Solution

Took a few search­es and prob­lems but I found the solu­tion here in an arti­cle by Beth Rosen­gard. After read­ing the arti­cle I down­loaded Lino­type which fixed the prob­lem right away no prob­lems no fus and no major trau­ma.

Good advice from Anil Dash

I talk to a lot of con­sul­tants, free­lancers, and small busi­ness­es who do web work, and I used to be a free­lancer myself, so some­times I get asked for advice on how to price one’s goods and ser­vices. I think I came up with my best sug­ges­tion today, and it involves only two sim­ple steps:

  1. Slap the client in face.
  2. Tell the client your hourly rate.

If the per­son looked more shocked, hor­ri­fied, offend­ed, hurt, sad­dened, or wound­ed by the slap in the face, then you are still pric­ing your­self too low.
Your mileage my vary, this is not to be con­strued as legal advice, eye-pok­ing may be sub­sti­tut­ed for slap­ping in some states.

Understanding the Need for Multiples

No mat­ter how hard you try and pre­vent it life always gets in the way of mak­ing your own art, in fact it feels so long since I have paint­ed that I am almost ashamed to call it art. I look for­ward threw my to-do lists in my account and I can see the halo of paint­ing time ahead. I have enough expe­ri­ence to know that find­ing the time to paint is much eas­i­er then fig­ur­ing out what it is I want to paint.

I am not sure I will ever be the type of artist who will want to explore the land of mul­ti­ples. I don’t envy the artist who decides to sit and paint twen­ty can­vas­es of sun­flow­ers. I tried it when I did a series of clouds paint­ings, and still feel the first three were the strongest. The oth­er ten were an exer­cise in con­fir­ma­tion of that feel­ing. Whether I am paint­ing or design­ing dig­i­tal­ly, so much time has gone into the thought process before the work has begun that the oth­er iter­a­tions of the work have already been explored.

The excep­tion to this is draw­ing, I can sit and sketch the same per­son for hours and then go off and do a100 sketch­es based on what I have learned. I won­der if there is some­thing I am miss­ing about work­ing in col­or that makes me have a dif­fer­ent frame of mind.

My iMac G5 And The Big Switcheru.

After a week of sit­ting in the win­dow wait­ing for the TNT deliv­ery van and hum­ming ACDC, my arrived. Now I had to of of the and them on as I think that is a bit geeky, but I have to tell you the open­ing cer­e­mo­ny was great fun it all took about a minute and I was plugged in and ready to go. Set up was a breeze and I was able to mount my dead as a tar­get disk and res­cue my files. Relief!

I have to say to any­one who is think­ing about mov­ing from a to a or even just get­ting an Mac to com­pli­ment your com­ple­ment of com­put­er parts. Do it! you will not be dis­ap­point­ed. Get­ting used to takes very lit­tle time and you will very quick­ly find your­self won­der­ing why does not imple­ment the same uni­fied menu sys­tem. The is very cool to play with and you will prob­a­bly do the same thing as me, make it as small as pos­si­ble and turn off mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, until a PC using friend comes by and you want to show off.

The heav­i­ly flout­ed is more use­ful then I thought it would be but I only use post-its and to do lists. As it sits my iMac has 512mb of ram, which is what it came with and it is not enough to real­ly take advan­tage of dash­board as it’s hog. I will be order­ing anoth­er gig asap. For most uses it’s a won­der­ful­ly qui­et machine but as soon as it gets under a lit­tle bit of strain the fans kick off and it gets loud­er but still nowhere near a reg­u­lar PC.

I am in love with , I know it’s avail­able for but I had nev­er played with it. Music is fun again and rip­ping CDs is sooo easy. Being able to switch from to and is great and did I men­tion easy. It is when lis­ten­ing to music or watch­ing a DVD that you realise how good the sound is on an iMac.

Search Engine Optimization for Dummies

There is a real­ly good SEO piece over at The Blog Her­ald which I found via one of my reg­u­lar reads . Since switch­ing from a flash for­mat to a blog for­mat for this web­site I have been get­ting more and more inter­est­ed in this top­ic as I have seen a vast increase in the amount of Google juice I get. Rather then write my ver­sion of what oth­ers have already said I thought I would try and pool togeth­er dif­fer­ent sources that have been of great help to me along the way.

A vis­it to the is very reveal­ing when looked at in this con­text it is not a mea­sure of google rank but it is a quick way to look at what top sites are doing. It becomes quick­ly appar­ent is that there is no one-way to skin this cat and the only thing that these sites have in com­mon is they have great con­tent. I am too new at this blog­ging thing to even pre­tend that I know any­thing about great con­tent so I can’t help there, but there are some things we have con­trol over which can great­ly improve our web­sites per­for­mance.

Understanding What Search Engines See

Google does­n’t see nice styling and does not take a look images when decid­ing what your site is about, it sees your doc­u­ments con­tent in the con­text of its struc­ture. So what gives a site its struc­ture and how does it help your blog? Struc­ture comes from HTML and each of the ele­ments gives its con­tent mean­ing. Use head­ing tags for head­ings, para­graph tags for para­graphs, link tags for links etc, Google under­stands this and uses this struc­ture to make deci­sions about your con­tent. Prob­lems only arise when you start to do things wrong. If you use a strong tag for a head­ing Google pre­sumes your know what you are doing and reads it as bold text rather then an impor­tant part of the page struc­ture. So what are some of the impor­tant ele­ments to keep con­trol of?

Page Title


Roger Johans­son writes:

By mak­ing your page titles sim­ple, yet descrip­tive and rel­e­vant, you make it eas­i­er for search engines to know what each page is about, and peo­ple scan­ning through search results can quick­ly deter­mine whether your doc­u­ment con­tains what they are look­ing for. The page title is also what is used to link to your site from search result list­ings.

Because of this, the title ele­ment is one of the most impor­tant ele­ments on a page. Some argue that it is the most impor­tant ele­ment.

<title>Document title | Section name | Site or company name</title>

This goes in the <head> of you web­page, appears only once and should be rel­e­vant to the con­tent of your page.

Pro-blog­ger Dar­ren Rowse has a great piece that adds mean­ing to the impor­tance of all of this.

Headings

Head­ings add struc­ture and imply impor­tance to con­tent, head­ings come in six flavours.

W3C writes:

A head­ing ele­ment briefly describes the top­ic of the sec­tion it intro­duces. Head­ing infor­ma­tion may be used by user agents, for exam­ple, to con­struct a table of con­tents for a doc­u­ment auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

You look at this pages out­line (scroll down past all the errors more about that lat­er) You can see how head­ings effect struc­ture when com­pared to this pages out­line My Dad’s site it’s old school HTML.

Shirley E. Kaiser writes:

Use head­ing ele­ments for head­ings: H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6. Don’t use CSS, the STRONG ele­ment or oth­er markup to fake your head­ings. See my arti­cle about this, Don’t Fake Your Markup: Acces­si­bil­i­ty Issues for CSS.

For exam­ple, this:

<h1>Our Com­pa­ny</h1>
<h2>Our Ser­vices</h2>

Becomes this:

Our Company

Our Services

Don’t fake your head­ings:

<strong> I am not a heading but I look like one</strong><br />
I am not a head­ing but I look like one
This may look like a head­ing but it does noth­ing to add struc­ture to you doc­u­ment.

Domain Names and Search Engine Friendly URLs

This is far more rel­e­vant then I orig­i­nal­ly thought when I start­ed writ­ing this, a quick google search for blog tips reveals in bold green let­ters google high­lights search terms in the web address. But how much weight does it hold? Quite a lot, just look at this search for Karl Rove. Ilovekarlrove.com is right up there has no incom­ing links and a page rank of 6 (I just don’t get rank­ing some­times). A domain name is impor­tant but if you have been using antibob.blogsomething.com there is no rea­son to loose sleep, as there are plen­ty of suc­cess­ful web­sites host­ed as a sub­do­main. Even a sub fold­er can be a very suc­cess­ful site. What can help if you don’t have a rel­e­vant domain name? is to use search engine friend­ly URLs:

yourdomain.com/this-could-be-relevant-search-terms-or-your-title/
Roger Johans­son writes:

Use search engine friend­ly, human read­able URLs instead. This will help both your rank­ing and your users. I’ve seen incred­i­ble improve­ments in search engine results from just chang­ing the URL scheme of a site.

SEF URLs are prob­a­bly the most dif­fi­cult to con­trol but most good CMSs take the pain out of this type of thing.

Image descriptions

When it comes to images and google I have found very lit­tle infor­ma­tion about what to do com­pared to oth­er ele­ments with­in a site. Use descrip­tive file names when sav­ing your images;

Johnny-at-the-park.jpg

Rather then;

0000023.jpg

Use alt tags for all images, not only is good for peo­ple with images turned off but it also gives search engines some­thing to go on when try­ing to fig­ure out what is in the box.

<img src="johnny-at-the-park.jpg" alt="Johnny at the park eating apples" />

I have found that google also gives a lot of weight to the text around the images so use descrip­tions if pos­si­ble. This can cause trou­ble with some CMS image gal­leries. On this site I want to have descrip­tions in all the image pages but unfor­tu­nate­ly they appear in the thumb­nail pages which is not what I want. For this I have had to use CSS to display:none, a bit messy but ness­esary.

Some peo­ple would not feel that this was as impor­tant but for sites where the image is the con­tent such as this one every lit­tle bit helps.

Valid XHTML/CSS and Accessibility

Inter­net old school­ers have dif­fer­ent views on this and I tend to be fair­ly relaxed about it tak­ing Mike Davidson’s point of view, this page val­i­dates most of the time but usu­al­ly fails because of the del.icio.us links in the side­bar, I could fix it but I don’t. But when it comes to learn­ing I have found val­i­da­tion to be invalu­able, there is no bet­ter way to see what you are doing wrong, but plen­ty of bad habits val­i­date;

<strong> I am a heading because I look like one</strong><br />

If you are like Mike and have been doing this long enough to wear the t‑shirt that is fair enough, walk on the wild side. Some of the top sites use old fash­ioned HTML4 and tables, but if any of this stuff is new to you learn it right the first time. Get Jef­frey Zeldman’s book, vis­it CSS Zen Gar­den read “Devel­op­ing with Web Stan­dards” they are great. Or if you don’t have time read Dave Shea’s “Mark-up Guide” print it, stick it on your mouse pad, or print it on a t‑shirt to impress your friends.

Links, Linking and Ranking.

Links from big peo­ple car­ry weight and get­ting peo­ple to link to your site is vital to your sites suc­cess, with good con­tent I believe this will come. Avoid link farms, be hon­est and don’t spam some top rank­ing blog­ger to get a link, seems to be a pret­ty con­sis­tent mes­sage through­out the web.

When you are link­ing to some­one else remem­ber that link con­text helps. Artist’s blog as a link is more weighty then artist’s blog click here.

You don’t have to get a huge amount of incom­ing links to be suc­cess­ful in your search results, I will nev­er be num­ber one in google for “war in iraq” but I get the ones I want “artist’s blog” “paint­ing waves” “oil paint­ing clouds” by fol­low­ing the steps above.