RE: Click X, or click the X button?

Subject: RE: Click X, or click the X button?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Robert Lauriston" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:53:54 -0600

Robert Lauriston wrote:

> I use bold for anything the user has to click or select. I find help
> formatted that way easier to skim.

Likewise. Well, actually, I apply a character format (I'm using
FrameMaker) named GUILabel. It's currently defined to make the font
weight bold and leave everything else as is. But if, in the future, we
decide to make interface elements italic or use a different font, all
I'll have to do is change the definition of GUILabel. There's a lot to
be said for consistently using formats/styles instead of ad hoc
formatting. :-)

> When a menu choice or button label is not in intitial caps, I put
> double quotes around it to distinguish it from running text.

Do you do that _in addition_ to making them bold (or am I
misunderstanding what's bold)?

I seem to recall a study (one of those that I was skeptical of earlier
<g>) that suggested you should only make one change in appearance, not
multiple changes like bold + quotes, or small caps + italic, or blue +
underline (even though that last one seems pretty popular on the

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control!

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:


RE: Click X, or click the X button?: From: Claudine CHAUSSON
RE: Click X, or click the X button?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Click X, or click the X button?: From: Chinell, David F (GE EntSol, Security)
Re: Click X, or click the X button?: From: Robert Lauriston

Previous by Author: RE: How to indicate a touch on a touch screen
Next by Author: RE: suggestions for naming a UI element
Previous by Thread: Re: Click X, or click the X button?
Next by Thread: Re: Click X, or click the X button?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads