More buzz at Snap Previews

We’ve just added a bit more buzz to the eduBuzz explore page. It’s a WordPress blog, and by switching on Snap Preview plug-in, we’ve got all its links now displaying a pop-up preview if you hover your mouse over them. As should the links on this page, if you’re wondering what I’m talking about…

Because many of the “Latest Post” links haven’t been Snap Previewed before, there’s a bit of “Queued for Capture – check back shortly” going on, as the Snap site learns what they look like. That will sort itself out over time – but the first to try to preview the “latest posts” links are always going to be caught that way.

Of course, if you’re an Exc-el/eduBuzz blogger you can do the same with your blog – instructions are here.
Does this help, or are things getting a bit too busy? Let us know what you think.

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David Gilmour

Learning Technologist East Lothian Council

6 thoughts on “More buzz at Snap Previews”

  1. Hi David,
    I think things would get busy if everyone thought that they had to use every plug in. I think what will happen is that people will pick and choose what plug ins they use. Using various differnt combinations will give everyone the ability to vary their site from the next person. Keep up the good work with the plug ins, I know its hard work going through all the widgets and finding the right ones but I think bloggers appreciate the added functionality.

  2. Hi David

    This is really a new thread but I don’t know how to start that!

    I’m re-exploring exc-el blogs – haven’t been on for a while and I wanted to comment on accesibility –

    font size is not user friendly for all – please can we have buttons to increase text sizes instantly – many web sites have these to enable users to comfortably use the pages. Check out the Disability Rights Commission website where the text and the background colour can be changed at the touch of a button and users can then view comfortably

  3. Hi Morna,

    I’ve had a look to see if I could find a way that we could do this. Often it’s possible to add more functions using WordPress Plug-Ins, but there doesn’t appear to be one for that. I found one example where it had been achieved, but that was on the site of a developer, Alex King, who had coded it himself. Even then, he had reservations about how well it worked under some versions of the Safari browser, which is used in schools.

    For the Exc-el blogs, it’s usually quite easy to increase text size instantly in Internet Explorer and Firefox using View / Text Size on the menus, or Ctrl and + together. (This is probably dependent to some extent on the theme selected, but all those I have tried have been OK.) For blogs where this is a particular issue, we could perhaps put a reminder in the sidebar?

    Also, it’s something we should probably point out during training.

    Hope this helps.

  4. Hi David,
    FWIW command and command – work in Safari.
    Personally I find the snap preview is a wee bit over the top. It would be nice if you could apply it to particular links, but I do not know if you can?

  5. Yes, I’ve got reservations about it too. It’s interesting to see how people react to it… very often they do just want to switch it off. I’ve also seen some thoughtful commnets about what a problem it can be for people using text-to-speech systems.

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