re: Typographical conventions

Subject: re: Typographical conventions
From: "Sean Hower" <hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 07:21:33 -0700

> Janice Gelb wrote:
> Seems to me that the answer to this problem is to
> put the procedural information in numbered steps,
> not to litter the paragraph with bold. I think
> the bold would still contribute to difficulty
> in deciphering the instructional information.

While I agree that littering a paragraph with bold is not a good idea, a sensible use of typographic styles within a paragraph does aid in both legibility and readability. The key here, of course, is _sensible use_. What's sensible? Well, that depends on context of course and what one's ultimate goal is for the documentation. This might take some trial-and-error design work to find what works and what leads to "littering" but as documentation professionals, that is our job--among many other dutities according to some recent threads. ;-) So, I don't see a problem with that.


Sean Hower - communications specialist

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