Re: Typographical treatment of GUI components

Subject: Re: Typographical treatment of GUI components
From: "Janice Gelb" <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 11:36:27 -0600

"atis" <atis -at- myway -dot- com> wrote:
>> The brand new fresh Sun Style Guide _Read Me First!
>> A Style Guide for the Computer Industry_ Second Edition
>> does not use bolding for GUI component names.
> Can one get a look at this Style Guide online?
> Would appreciate any pointers.

The book can be purchased online but the text is not
available online. However, as one of the authors, I
can explain the reasoning behind this decision, as it
is our in-house style as well.

We have found that one mostly refers to GUI component
names in documents containing many procedures. The use
of bold for GUI components in procedure after procedure
means that the bolding, which is supposed to stand out
in comparison to regular text, is so frequent that any
given item doesn't really stand out. It also results in
a distracting "ransom note" effect. Finally, the bolding
often means that users will skip over often important
explanatory text and just pick out the bold items.

-- Janice


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