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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on practice, research, writing and technology.

Technology

Convert PDF to Text
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library

You know what really grinds my gears? When I open a PDF file containing what appears to be digitally-formatted text and find that it is non-copyable and non-searchable. The ability to search, copy and paste text are essential functions of digital communications – so the idea that a text is born digitally and therefore ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) encoded, and that somebody wittingly or unwittingly should remove that functionality – it leads to much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth on my part. …

Research & Writing

More Bad Business Jargon
Neil Guthrie

A regrettably continuing series. Core: Almost as bad as key (when used, like core, as an adjective meaning ‘principal’ or ‘main’). Both have a distinct whiff of the 1990s to them. My gut: Please, no one wants to imagine what your digestive tract is doing – much less what it is telling you. Next steps: For the love of pity, can we stop talking about these at the end of every meeting? It’s not as though we can take previous steps at that point. …

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