[ubuntu-uk] School websites

Will Bickerstaff will.bickerstaff at gmail.com
Sat Jun 11 13:39:50 UTC 2011

On Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 1:33 PM, J Fernyhough <j.fernyhough at gmail.com>wrote:

> I know I slate the state of teaching quite often, but it's not
> teachers who upload stuff onto websites - it's admin staff. Primary
> schools, for example, have a school secretary who normally has to do
> pretty much everything (and quite often they only work part time).
> Collect dinner money, enter register data, phone parents, send out
> letters - and one of the other tasks is to post newsletters onto the
> school website. When you think about school secretaries you don't
> think about people with technological interest, and they certainly
> aren't going to spend the time reformatting a newsletter in HTML
> format once they've made it in Word (or even worse, Publisher). Hence,
> save as a PDF, done.

I couldn't agree more. PDF if by far the easiest option for many schools and
probably the most widely viewable format. Whats more interesting  is the
variety of tools schools are using to create the PDFs, our local schools
appear to all be using different tools, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher,
Serif Page Plus etc. At least they have the sense to convert from these to a
largely universal format. I couldn't imagine or wouldn't expect a school to
be converting a well laid out newsletter produced in dedicated publishing
software which is no doubt primarily designed for print into an equally
appealing HTML representation.
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