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Correct Columns

Greg Umbers - RMC Consultant

Greg Umbers

Have you ever struggled vertically lining up entries in a Word Processor document? Does thinking about columns lead to visions of army regiments and long cues to Rolling Stones concerts? Fear not, a solution is at hand…

How do you place text or numbers into columns?

For many of us we instinctively reach for the spacebar and pad out each item so that they line up into columns. Why is this a bad idea?

For starters, it’s laborious and time consuming. What if we want to move a column along a bit, or change the spacing between columns? That’s a lot of deleting and inserting spaces.

In the old days, using spaces or a single fixed tab on a (non-electronic) type writer did not present problems, because:

a)    You did not have any other choice

b)    All characters had the same width

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Nowadays there exists a myriad of fonts, and only certain ones will come installed with a particular operating system. Somebody else reading your document on another computer will not necessarily have the same font that the document was written in. Their software will substitute the font for the nearest matching font on their computer, but this new font may have a different character width which will result in a lot of crooked columns.
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Analysing Your Website Visitors

Greg Umbers - RMC Consultant

Greg Umbers

Have you ever wondered who is visiting your website, where they are browsing from, how long they are staying at particular pages and so forth? Google provides a free comprehensive solution.

Google Analytics (GA) is a service that generates detailed statistics about website visitors. It can track visitors from all referrers, including search engines, display advertising, pay-per-click networks, email marketing and even links within PDF documents.

GA is the most widely used website statistics service, currently in use at around three fifths of the 10,000 most popular websites, and is aimed at marketers and ‘end-users’ rather than techies.

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