Sorted CSS colours

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas, right?

Those that know me from a web development perspective know how much I love CSS. Here’s another simple tool to add to my design toolbox.

Sorted CSS Colors [sic] by Mustafa Enes Ertarhanacı is an elegant tool to sort the named CSS colours in a way that shows related colours together. And that’s it.

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Inclusivity settings in Microsoft Word

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Inclusiveness settings in Word for Microsoft 365

Here’s an interesting little something that I learned on Twitter a few weeks ago: within the grammar checker settings in Microsoft Word (both native Windows application and online version) there is a section on inclusiveness that checks your writing for

  • Ethnic slurs
  • Gender bias
  • Gender-specific language

The Windows application also checks for

  • Age bias
  • Cultural bias
  • Racial bias
  • Sexual orientation bias

Why are these not switched on by default? Here’s how to switch these on.

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Shenandoah by NYCGB Alumni lockdown virtual choir

Over the last two months, I have been involved in a project with the NYCGB Alumni to record one of our favourite pieces, the American folk song “Shenandoah” arranged by James Erb.

We asked 404 (or so) singers to video their part of the piece, singing along to a backing track created by the tremendous Will Dawes. Then we had a technical team piece it all together, Ben worked on the audio, Tom on the video.

We thought we started this because we wanted to have some fun. We thought that we could possibly use it as a fundraiser or to encourage more people to take up singing but then we realised:

• We did it because we love singing.
• We did it because we love our alumni family.
• We did it because we love this piece of music.

I hope you love it too.

Feel free to share it far and wide.