If you remember, there are many different types of media that can be used in multimedia. The most common of these elements is text. With most programs, blocks of text can either be imported from an external file or created right in the authoring program. In addition, text can be formatted using different styles, fonts, sizes, and colors. The methods for performing these functions are different depending on the program you are using. There are also various methods used to display the text. Some programs work similar to a word processor and arrange the text in lines. Other programs work more like a desktop publishing program and arrange text in boxes that can be moved around the screen.
For this first competency we'd like for you to play around with your program's various ways of creating and displaying text. Depending on the authoring software you are using, here are some topics we recommend that you explore. Tutorials are available at LinkedIn Learning. Their tutorials dealing with these topics may cover more than just the formatting and arranging of text, so don't worry if you pick up extra skills along the way. Also, keep in mind that the names of the tutorials in LinkedIn Learning may differ slightly depending on which set of tutorials you are using.
|PowerPoint||Working with Slide Text and Bullet Lists
Formatting Slide Text and Checking Spelling
|Dreamweaver||Defining a Web Site
Creating a Simple Web Page
Importing and Formatting Text
|Flash||Creating Text Blocks and Text Fields
Converting Text into Shapes
|Other programs||Creating interactivity with interactions|
When you feel comfortable with the text capabilities of your program, we'd like for you to demonstrate your ability to format and display various types of text. Using your authoring program, create two different blocks of text. Use the following guidelines when creating the two blocks:
Finally, include your name somewhere on the screen.
Save this activity in your program's native file format. Name the file "text". Depending on the program you are using, you will end up with one of the following types of files: