Power Apps, Accessibility, and WCAG
Sep18

Power Apps, Accessibility, and WCAG

Introduction – What lies ahead I have been talking about Accessibility for a while now, and often link this to DELIVERY rather than BUILD. In this post, “Power Apps, Accessibility, and WCAG”, I’m going to bring all this together. I’m also going to tie it in to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) around colour […] The post Power Apps, Accessibility, and WCAG appeared first on Hart…...

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Accessibility at the door
Sep09

Accessibility at the door

Two things happened recently that really made me realise that we need to ensure that there is Accessibility at the door. What do I mean by that, and how do we rectify it? I’m glad you asked! A licence to nothing The first incident was when installing Printer Drivers on my PC. Printers are the […] The post Accessibility at the door appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog...

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Episode 1×04 – It’s Good To Talk – YouTube
Jul23

Episode 1×04 – It’s Good To Talk – YouTube

Episode 1×04 – It’s Good To Talk In this episode we are joined by Carl Cookson (https://twitter.com/LinkeD365) where we talk, very openly, about depression. Carl is a fantastic person, and builder of some amazing tools that are available in XrmToolBox as well as being a blogger, speaker, and heavily involved in the Microsoft Community and Dynamics / Power Platform User Groups. Here he speaks candidly about his...

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Episode 1×4 – Carl Cookson – It's Good To Talk!

In this episode we are joined by Carl Cookson (https://twitter.com/LinkeD365) where we talk, very openly, about depression.Carl is a fantastic person, and builder of some amazing tools that are available in XrmToolBox as well as being a blogger, speaker, and heavily involved in the Microsoft Community and Dynamics / Power Platform User Groups. Here he speaks candidly about his experiences and his methods of coping. With Mike &...

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A dyslexic and dyspraxic’s guide to accessibility
Jul09

A dyslexic and dyspraxic’s guide to accessibility

What does day-to-day accessibility look like? Join Ashley Graham-Brown as they share about their life in “A dyslexic and dyspraxic’s guide to accessibility” (from Scottish Summit 2021) The post A dyslexic and dyspraxic’s guide to accessibility appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog A dyslexic and dyspraxic’s guide to accessibility What does day-to-day...

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Creating a More Inclusive workplace
Jul08

Creating a More Inclusive workplace

It’s easy to talk about what a more inclusive workplace should be, but how do we go about creating such a place? At Scottish Summit 2021 Zoe Wilson delivered a great session on this very subject! Zoe is a passionate advocate for Accessibility in the workplace, and in everyday life. Having her speak about this […] The post Creating a More Inclusive workplace appeared first on Hart of the… Continue Reading Mike’s...

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Programming for Accessibility
Jul07

Programming for Accessibility

The Accessibility track at Scottish Summit 2021 covered so many topics throughout the day. The session “Programming for Accessibility” by Rory Preddy was an amazing look at both living with accessibility requirements, and how to include accessibility in our thinking when programming applications. Rory was introduced to me via Hector Minto when we were having […] The post Programming for… Continue Reading...

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Power Apps – Instant Accessibility using a Theming Template
Jul07

Power Apps – Instant Accessibility using a Theming Template

Continuing my look at the Scottish Summit 2021 Accessibility track. One of the standout sessions was the “Instant Accessibility using a Theming Template” in Power Apps talk by Sancho Harker. I first came across Sancho when he delivered a talk at Microsoft Ignite The Tour London in 2020 (just before lockdown). Like this one from […] The post Power Apps – Instant Accessibility using a Theming… Continue...

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Windows 11 and Power Apps
Jul02

Windows 11 and Power Apps

What does the Windows 11 Preview mean for Power App design? There are some interesting possibilities in the new UX/UI. Allow me to explain 😁 The post Windows 11 and Power Apps appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog Windows 11 and Power Apps What does the Windows 11 Preview mean for Power Apps? There are some interesting possibilities in the new UX and UI that could improve user...

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Mental Health Check
Jun29

Mental Health Check

How are you doing? Take a minute and think about that question before answering to yourself, and then be honest with yourself. This past year has been, to reuse an overused word, unprecedented. We’ve been faced with a global health crisis, and that has in turn led to mass changes in our way of lives […] The post Mental Health Check appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog...

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Episode 1×03 – Emma D’Arcy – You Belong! – YouTube
Jun12

Episode 1×03 – Emma D’Arcy – You Belong! – YouTube

Episode 1×03 – Emma D’Arcy – You Belong! Do you ever find yourself thinking that you don’t belong, that you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing? How often do you wonder if you should just slink away off into the shadows and let “the experts” do it? If you’re anything like me (Mike) then you do this probably more than once an hour – yes really. This is an example of a...

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Episode 1×3 – Emma D'Arcy – You Belong!

Do you ever find yourself thinking that you don't belong, that you shouldn't be doing what you're doing? How often do you wonder if you should just slink away off into the shadows and let "the experts" do it?If you're anything like me (Mike) then you do this probably more than once an hour – yes really. This is an example of a form of Imposter Syndrome – and you'd be surprised just how...

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Accessibility as a Deliverable?
Apr26

Accessibility as a Deliverable?

For Microsoft, a core part of how accessibility is being managed throughout their DNA is by treating Accessibility as an actual project goal and requirement. Watch Microsoft Accessibility Evangelist Hector Minto from Scottish Summit 2021 as he talks about Digital Inclusion and Accessibility as a Deliverable. The post Accessibility as a Deliverable? appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their...

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Episode 1×02 – Dona Sarkar – Diversity & Inclusion – YouTube
Apr13

Episode 1×02 – Dona Sarkar – Diversity & Inclusion – YouTube

Episode 1×02 – Dona Sarkar – Diversity & Inclusion In this episode of The Things We Don’t Talk About we are once again grateful to be joined by Dona Sarkar (@DonaSarkar) as we discuss Diversity & Inclusion. In this episode of The Things We Don’t Talk About we are once again grateful to be joined by Dona Sarkar (@DonaSarkar) as we discuss Diversity & Inclusion. source

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Episode 1×2 – Dona Sarkar – Add Another Seat At The Table

In this episode of The Things We Don't Talk About we are once again grateful to be joined by Dona Sarkar (@DonaSarkar) as we discuss Diversity & Inclusion.Join us as we take a broad look at the topic, and learn to Add Another Seat At The Table. Continue Reading Alison Mulligan & Mike Hartley’s Article on their blog No Title No Description Blog Syndicated with Alison Mulligan & Mike Hartley’s...

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So much to learn, so many teachers
Apr05

So much to learn, so many teachers

I started my self-learning journey into the world of Accessibility in the middle of 2020. If I’m completely honest I was very naive and did not understand what was behind that door. I soon came to realise that there is so much to learn, but so many teachers I can learn from. Accessibility is a […] The post So much to learn, so many teachers appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on...

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Sexy, Cheap, and Easy
Feb07

Sexy, Cheap, and Easy

“No-one wants to do it. It’s just not sexy” “It’s too expensive” “We don’t have the time to implement it” A sad, familiar story but one that is not strictly true when it comes to implementing Accessibility. The post Sexy, Cheap, and Easy appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog Sexy, Cheap, and Easy “No-one wants to do it....

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The Things We Don’t Talk About
Jan24

The Things We Don’t Talk About

The things we don’t talk about are often the very things we SHOULD be talking about. Meet the podcast trying to remove stigma, and hopefully give reassurance to people who sit in silent struggles The post The Things We Don’t Talk About appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog The Things We Don’t Talk About The things we don’t talk about are often the very...

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Episode1x01 – Dona Sarkar – Neurodiversity – YouTube
Jan24

Episode1x01 – Dona Sarkar – Neurodiversity – YouTube

Episode1x01 – Dona Sarkar – Neurodiversity Welcome to Episode 1 where we are joined by the AWESOME Dona Sarkar who talks about Neurodiversity. If you’re not familiar with the term, well neither was Mike until he heard Dona talk about it at MS Ignite London 2020. To say it blew his mind is an understatement, and it presents a really great way of understanding that we are ALL different but we are ALL uniquely amazing...

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Episode1x1 – Dona Sarkar – Neurodiversity

Welcome to Episode 1 of The Things We Don't Talk About. This episode we are joined by the AWESOME Dona Sarkar who talks about Neurodiversity. If you're not familiar with the term, well neither was Mike until he heard Dona talk about it at MS Ignite London 2020. To say it blew his mind is an understatement, and it presents a really great way of understanding that we are ALL different but we are ALL uniquely amazing and...

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Episode 0x0 – The One Where We Announce The Podcast – YouTube
Dec21

Episode 0x0 – The One Where We Announce The Podcast – YouTube

Episode 0x0 – The One Where We Announce The Podcast IT’S FINALLY HERE FOLKS! After many, many delays welcome to the introductory episode of The Things We Don’t Talk About. In this brief(ish) episode get to meet your hosts, Mike Hartley & Alison Mulligan, and find out just what this podcast is all about and why we feel it is needed. This is a podcast for everyone, giving voice to all those things that we hide away...

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Episode 0x0 – The One Where We Announce The Podcast

IT'S FINALLY HERE FOLKS!After many, many delays welcome to the introductory episode of The Things We Don't Talk About.In this brief(ish) episode get to meet your hosts, Mike Hartley & Alison Mulligan, and find out just what this podcast is all about and why we feel it is needed.This is a podcast for everyone, giving voice to all those things that we hide away and just don't talk about. We're talking Mental...

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Access All Areas
Nov07

Access All Areas

When was the last time you were asked to make a project accessible? OK how accessible was the last event you attended, or app that you built, or blog post you read? Do you make your #Hashtags screen reader friendly? Accessibility is something that people are aware of, yet also massively unaware of – and that goes for me especially. So I’m going to do something about that… The post Access… Continue Reading...

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Losing it in Lockdown
May24

Losing it in Lockdown

A quick post from me about Mental Health in Lockdown. Here I share some of my struggles, and talk about where to find advice as well as where to chill out. The post Losing it in Lockdown appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog https://hartofthemidlands.co.uk/2020/05/losing-it-in-lockdown/ Blog Syndicated with Mike’s Permission

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Och Aye – It’s the Scottish Summit
Jan26

Och Aye – It’s the Scottish Summit

Come along and catch me at the Scottish Summit on the 29th February in Executive Room A at 1:30pm. I’ll be using Arthur’s story to cover some of the key phases in a migration project. The post Och Aye – It’s the Scottish Summit appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog Och Aye – It’s the Scottish Summit Come along and catch me at the Scottish Summit...

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The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 6 – May I present the latest addition to the British Library
Aug11

The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 6 – May I present the latest addition to the British Library

It honestly seems like we were in the last ice age when I started this project, but I can sense that the development phase is definitely within touching distance. The only thing that stands between me and the fun of dev work, is documentation… oh, how I HATE documentation. The post The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 6 – May I present the latest addition to the British Library appeared first… Continue Reading...

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Dynamics 365 App for Outlook is only showing a white page
Aug08

Dynamics 365 App for Outlook is only showing a white page

We recently had an issue where all of our users found themselves greeted with a white screen when they were trying to use the Microsoft Dynamics 365 App for Outlook…. Thankfully Lucy Muscat knew the fix! The post Dynamics 365 App for Outlook is only showing a white page appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog Dynamics 365 App for Outlook is only showing a white page We recently...

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The Right Tool for the Job (and it’s not always an App!)
Jul24

The Right Tool for the Job (and it’s not always an App!)

If you’ve ever worked with tools of any kind – workshop, garage, kitchen etc – you’ll probably have been told, at least once, to “Use the right tool for the job”. The same rule applies when picking the right #PowerPlatform tool for the job. #Hart365 #Microsoft #PowerApps #Flow #PowerBI #Forms The post The Right Tool for the Job (and it’s not always an App!) appeared first on Hart of the…...

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The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 5 – Can I see your License sir?
Jul21

The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 5 – Can I see your License sir?

I’ve spent the past week trying to work out the spaghetti puzzle of Licensing with Limahl (NO, Not that one!) from the Acquiring and Provisioning team. The joys of licensing mean that we need to look at everything from storage, user count, number of emails, attachments, calories consumed that day, the colour of the moon, the date in the Aztec calendar and so much more The post The Diary of a… Continue Reading Mike’s...

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The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 4: If we build it, will they come?
Jul07

The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 4: If we build it, will they come?

Hello! Along with the joys of trying to find the useful information in the mounds of paperwork, I have also had the joy of spending time with Sven the Swedish Systems Structural Specialist…. Time for a look at how Arthur manages to cope with the Architecture phase of the project. The post The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 4: If we build it, will they come? appeared first on Hart of the… Continue Reading...

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The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 3: Analyse This!
May19

The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 3: Analyse This!

Following the wonders of the ProSpecT (Project Specification Talk) meeting this was always the phase of the project that I was most wary of. Under the latest management directives we were at the stage of the project now called the WORKSHOP – which stands for Working Out Required Knowledge Solutions, Holistically Observing Possibilities… The post The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 3:… Continue Reading...

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#community
May12

#community

It’s no exaggeration to make the claim that I use the hashtag #community in around 90% of my social media posts. It’s also not an inaccurate statement to say that I’m the crazy guy who will run up to people and probably just shout “#COMMUNITY” at everyone and anyone… and all for very, very good reason. The post #community appeared first on Hart of the Midlands. Continue Reading Mike’s Article...

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The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 2: What exactly are we doing again?
May04

The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 2: What exactly are we doing again?

Only the other day we finally got the go-ahead to get on with our migration from CRM 2011 to Dynamics 365, now I sit here just wondering what kind of beast I’ve unleashed. All I wanted to do was replace the fossilised dinosaur and deliver some nice new shiny stuff along the way, but somebody just had to go and ask the worst possible question you can ask a user – “What do you… Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their...

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The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 1: So, you’re migrating to Dynamics 365
Apr16

The Diary of a CRM Migration – Part 1: So, you’re migrating to Dynamics 365

Hi. My name is Arthur and I’m a Dynamics CRM 2011 Administrator. This is my diary. I figured that now was a good time to start, and the exciting times ahead should be well worth the digital paper I’m consuming right now. Continue Reading Mike’s Article on their blog

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