Page layout question

Subject: Page layout question
From: "David Chinell" <dchinell -at- email -dot- msn -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 09:10:12 -0400


Our traditional technical manual layout uses a six-inch
column. Of this, only the rightmost four inches is used for
the text column. We use the leftmost two inches for sidebar
tips and illustrations. In effect, we have a two-inch column
and a four-inch column on each page.

One of our writers developed a new design where any page can
use either two three-inch columns or the traditional
two-inch, four-inch pair.

That is, you might find any page of his manual split into
two even columns or two uneven columns.

xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
x x
xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx

I find this somehow disconcerting, although it does seem to
accommodate a wide variety of layouts and combinations of
text and figures.

What do you think of this? I'm having trouble accepting it
as an okay layout. Are there any reasons (either practical
or aesthetic) to avoid using two sets of unrelated column
widths? Or am I just being stodgy?



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