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Subject:Re: Never lead with a graphic From:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:"Tech Whirlers" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 8 Jul 2008 13:49:49 -0700
Great, how much do we want to bet that it's going to turn
out to be all based on the personal opinion of some teacher
and textbook author who hasn't written an actual manual
since CP/M. :)
Flipping through some past docs I've produced, I seldom
lead off a section with a photo, line drawing or flowchart
graphic. I usually don't use lead-in text before screencaps
in SW instructions. And in my last few online help projects
I didn't even use screencaps. But none of these have ever
been hard and fast "standards." Sometimes one scheme
seems to work better, and sometimes a different one does.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rebecca Hopkins" <rebecca_hopkins -at- comcast -dot- net>
> I talked to one of my younger co-workers, and he said that's
> what he learned in school as well - never lead with a graphic.
> He could not remember the rationale, however. Since the boss
> is newer to the tech writing circus than I am, I'm thinking she
> also "received" this wisdom that I missed out on.
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