This post is an experiment in displaying pre-prepared documents in WordPress. Im trying to find quick and easy way of creating user guide material for print, and web, for viewing on computer and mobile devices.
Historically all the user guides I produce have been stored on BlackBoard as pdf’s. Students can access them by logging on to the VLE.
More recently Ive been adding guides to this blog as well, making them available to the wider audience but also making them easier to access, as navigating Blackboard can be slow if not tedious.
Which ever way I start preparing user guides, the process involves designing the first version and then spending more time repurposing the second version.
So in this experiment I’ve uploaded a pdf user guide to Scribd.com and embedded the code into this post, to see if I can reduce this to a single process of creating just the pdf.
Ultimately the viewing experience is most important. Viewing the post on a computer screen is ok, but much better when viewed fullscreen. There is also the added benefit of sharing the document via other forms of social media.
But what is the viewing experience when viewed on smaller mobile devices. Over the next few weeks I shall be collecting user feedback on a variety of devices. In my own tests with an iPhone and iPad, again once the document is displayed fullscreen, the document is easier to read, with the experience just the same as viewing any webpage, moving and zooming where necessary, suggesting that Scribd.com could be the way to go.
On a less positive not, my mobile phone, an LG 405, doesn’t display the document at all!