RE: Inline key symbols in text

Subject: RE: Inline key symbols in text
From: "Butler, Darren J CTR USAF AFMC 584 CBSS/GBHAC" <Darren -dot- Butler -dot- ctr -at- Robins -dot- af -dot- mil>
To: "Chinell, David F (GE EntSol, Security)" <David -dot- Chinell -at- GE -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:00:54 -0400

>> What are your thoughts on using keycap symbols (not keyboards, but

operating controls on an electronic device, for example a tape recorder)

inline in body text, rather than using English names of the keys?<<



I really like having keycaps in text as both a writer and a reader. Of
course, anything can be over-done.

I'd insert the keycap only when directing the reader to locate and/or
execute the item. When discussing theory of operation or a basic
description, I'd use the terminology.



e.g.



step 17. Press % to activate the Disgronification Mode.



Paragraph 4.2. The percent button is a momentary switch that activates
the disgronifier, causing yada-yada-yada......



My $0.02
Darren





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Subject: Inline key symbols in text



What are your thoughts on using keycap symbols (not keyboards, but

operating controls on an electronic device, for example a tape recorder)

inline in body text, rather than using English names of the keys?



My biggest objection is the possibility of disrupting the leading of

text in a way that impedes reading.



Any other ideas?



Bear

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References:
text in tables -- smaller than or same size as regular body text: From: Milan Davidovic
RE: text in tables -- smaller than or same size as regular body text: From: Combs, Richard
Inline key symbols in text: From: Chinell, David F (GE EntSol, Security)

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