Font sizes for different text elements

Subject: Font sizes for different text elements
From: "Karen Field Carroll" <kfcarroll -at- cox -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:02:44 -0700

Hello.

Thought some of you tech-writing brainiacs might have an answer for this.

In my printed documentation, I use Garamond 12 pt. for text, and Arial 12
oe 14 pt. for headings (depending on how major the heading). All elements
beyond the actual body text of the document are Arial. My question is, how
big should the Arial text be for figure captions? Right now I'm using Arial
10 pt but it looks huge in the midst of the Garamond 12 pt body text.

Thanks.
Karen

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Robert Lauriston
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Subject: Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides

You're right, on a 768-pixel-high screen that's very bad--especially
since there's no good reason to display the image as a rollover popup,
and it's just bullet lists, so there's no good reason to make it an
image in the first place.

Maybe somebody was just overly eager to show off one of the program's
thumbnail image feature.

http://webhelp.madcapsoftware.com/flare/

On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 11:17 AM, Dan
Goldstein<DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com> wrote:
> Right, 710 pixels high. The next step down from 1280x1024 is 1280x768,
> i.e. 768 pixels high. Throw in a Firefox toolbar (just one), the new
> Firefox tab design, the Windows task bar, and Madcap's own tool bar,
> and... unh-uh. No dice.
>
> The biggest problem is that you can't scroll up to view the decapitated
> portion. When the screen cuts something off, users assume they can
> scroll to see what's hidden.
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References:
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Al Geist
RE: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Karen Field Carroll
Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Michelle Despres
Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Dan Goldstein
Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Robert Lauriston

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