Space Before and After?

Subject: Space Before and After?
From: Alan Quirt <aquirt -at- consysconsult -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 21:47:44 -0500

I have always used Space After each body text paragraph style, and both
Space Before and Space After for headings, choosing the amount by eye. As a
technical person whose documents were a by-product, that was good enough.

Now I am trying to make technical writing a career, and want to do better.
Can you offer advice on how to choose good values for paragraph spacing?
Should it be based mostly on font size? Should it be greater when margins
are wider? Do particular kinds of document need special treatment?

... Alan Quirt Ottawa, Canada ...
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