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Generally, if this is needed, I create a two-column table with a description
in the left column and the the screen capture (button or whatever) in the
This table can be included in an overview section or at the beginning of a
chapter, if needed. After that, just use the button, icon, or other object
name instead of embedding the graphic. It is much neater, and users can clip
out the table if they need it for reference.
On 6/18/07, Brierley, Sean <Sean -dot- Brierley -at- ipc -dot- com> wrote:
> I'd not use inline graphics cause they muck things up with readability
> and presentation.
> Either plop in a screengrab of the whole dialog box below the paragraph
> or, if you gotta, insert the reference to the button image to the right
> of the paragraph.
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> I'd like to get input about using button bitmaps to help clarify what
> button to click. To me it looks messy when it's used in the middle of a
> paragraph, because it throws line spacing off. Your insight is
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