RE: Warm and Fuzzy Documentation

Subject: RE: Warm and Fuzzy Documentation
From: sguttman -at- semantix -dot- com (Susan Guttman)
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 09:13:55 -0400

I have two CV document styles for different purposes, one "professional",
one "casual".

There are two main differences in the doc styles:

One is the use of fonts. Arial/Verdana for the professional and Georgia for
the casual. Georgia is just a tich to the wonky, but very subtly, which is
what makes it feel "warmer" - unfortunately, not everyone has Georgia on
their machine, and I got a shock once when I saw my CV printed out in a
client's office, in some godawful substitute font. (Georgia also has some
kerning problems, but they're relatively minor)

The second relies on the point I made about Georgia: wonkiness. My
professional CV is very geometrically correct, everything squared off, no
overlaps; my casual CV has certain areas that go "off-kilter" - but in a
balanced, controlled way. I'll take something out of line to draw emphasis
to it, have text boxes with crucial information that overlap the page
border, etc. I really think that having a few balanced elements slightly out
of line makes a document more friendly -it's that home-made feeling, I
A little perceived "imperfection", or departure from the normal,
squared-off, perfectly-aligned document type, is also less threatening. And
so possibly "warmer" and "fuzzier".

Just my $1CAN (=US 2 cents ;)

-Bill S.


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