RE: underlining

Subject: RE: underlining
From: Steve Shepard <STEVES -at- YARDI -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 10:19:25 -0700

> Do any of you use underlining for anything in in printed documentation?
> any documentation at all, except for hyperlinks? It's usage seems almost
> completely usurped by italics, and I guess a lot of folks are worried that
> underlined text = clickable link to users these days.
> We're working on some style issues here, and this question came up.
> Personally, I can't think of a reason I'd use it except for hyperlinks,
> I am quite capable of overlooking things.

Coming from a graphics background, I have one thing to say: Underlining is

It's just plain ugly. It was fine when all you had on a typewriter was all
caps (another ugly text treatment) and underline for emphasis. But from a
typographical standpoint, it's hideous.

We only use italics for emphasis in the flow of the text. Not underline, not
bold, not all caps, not a different font, only italics. I say flow of the
text, because there are places in the docs that we use bold, but not for
empaphisizing a word in a paragraph.

In our online help we use a different color to indicate a hyperlink, rather
than underline.

steve shepard


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