Re: Typographical treatment of GUI components

Subject: Re: Typographical treatment of GUI components
From: "Svi Ben Elya" <svib -at- bezeqint -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003 17:26:25 +0200

I almost always bold GUI elements because it makes the text easier to
follow. It can often shorten the text because there usually isn't a need to
identify the type of element, as in "click <bold>OK", rather than "click the
OK button".

-Svi Ben-Elya-
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Chinell" <dchinell -at- msn -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2003 5:35 PM
Subject: Typographical treatment of GUI components

> Gang:
> Does anyone have any information to support (or not) bolding
> GUI component names in printed reference manuals or Help
> systems?
> Our shop follows the MS Manual of Style with a few
> exceptions. One exception being that we don't give GUI
> components (commands on menus and buttons, window and dialog
> box titles, etc.) any special typographic treatment. In
> other words, no bolding. We do replicate the spelling and
> casing of these components.
> Years ago, we decided that the extra work required didn't
> create a proportional value. We also felt that the resulting
> text looked blotchy and was less readable.
> This decision was lately challenged by one of our
> engineering managers. That's why I'm asking if anyone has
> any information on whether it's worthwhile or not. I'd like
> some support for our decision, or to have my eyes opened to
> the value of bolding these names.
> Bear


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