Re: Bitmap Usage

Subject: Re: Bitmap Usage
From: Mary Ellen Schutz <me -dot- schutz -at- juno -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 08:47:40 -0500

On Monday, June 18, 2007 12:14 PM, baj357 -at- gmail -dot- com writes:
> 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
> appreciated!
If it's in running text or step-by-step instructions, I'll often use a
left-margin icon. Most of the style sheets I've worked with lately have a
wider left margin, used for headings. As an added benefit, placing the
bit maps in that margin gives readers a visual fast-track through the
steps, if they're just trying to recall how to perform a seldom-used

If it's in an interface description, I generally use a "To do this..."
table with common tasks in the first column, followed by bit map of the
tool, then tool name.


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