RE: When to bold

Subject: RE: When to bold
From: Sybille Sterk <sybille -at- wowfabgroovy -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 11:55:14 +0000

But what do you do, if your corporate guidelines say you can't use more than three different formatting types on each page? E.g. the Heading is a different type than the text and if I then use bold there's nothing else I can use... well, I do use italics occasionally, but... it all depends on the restrictions you are working with.

However, in general I agree with you, bold should be used to allow the reader to skim through the text quickly to see if the information is relevant for what he/she needs at that particular moment in time.


At 19:05 23/02/00 , Humbird, LenX wrote:

Perhaps this is an antique way to address the matter. I believe you should
reserve embolding for text which is most important. IMHO, bold text catches
the eye faster than italic, underline, spacing, changes in typeface, boxing,
shading, special characters, and even changes in type size. (There are
exceptions, of course; combinations of the above mentioned attributes; some
fonts have very heavy bold faces.) If the reader is skimming, chances are
you want that person to see the important information (such as loss of data,
hazard, etc.), and pass over the details (such as command syntax). So unless
the text is important, use some other style to set it apart.

Sybille Sterk
Email: sybille -at- wowfabgroovy -dot- net
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"This writing business. Pencils and what-not.
Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it." -- Eeyore

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