Re: Government Contracts, Standards, and Online Help

Subject: Re: Government Contracts, Standards, and Online Help
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 12:17:37 -0700

Yeah, it's fairly trivial to use different fonts in the print version.
The main reasons I haven't done that are:

1. I've had a lot of character mapping problems over the years and in
response try to keep things as simple as possible.

2. Using the same fonts makes one less thing to do and maintain. Maybe
more than one, depending.

3. So long as it's readable, personally I don't care about fonts (been
trained not to by art directors), so I'm not going to make extra work
for myself, and to date nobody has complained.

4. The companies I was working for didn't own any better fonts.


On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 11:15 AM, Combs,
Richard<richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com> wrote:
>
> But there's no reason why the fonts for the user manual and online help
> outputs have to be the same -- and good reasons why they shouldn't be.
>
> With the tool sets for single sourcing that I'm familiar with, it's
> relatively trivial to use one set of fonts for print/PDF and others for
> the online help. What tool set are you using that forces you to use the
> same fonts for both?
>
> Robert Lauriston wrote:
>
>> To me, generating the user manual and online help from the same source
>> is standard practice, or at least best practice. I've been doing that
>> for years.
>>
>> The fonts have to be chosen to work in both situations, which in
>> practice, in my experience, means Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier
>> New. The only significant issue I have with that is that Courier New
>> is not an optimal monofont for code listings.
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Re: Government Contracts, Standards, and Online Help: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Government Contracts, Standards, and Online Help: From: Combs, Richard

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