Re: PPT and bullets (was: non-parallelism...

Subject: Re: PPT and bullets (was: non-parallelism...
From: Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:56:30 -0700 (PDT)

I still stand by the *possibility* that the lists are inappropriate outside of the PPT context.  The appearance of the template is important to writers as they create their content.  It provides limits (a good thing) and opens up possibilities in how authors think about and present their ideas.  If this wasn't so, then WYSIWYG would have had more trouble taking over the world.  How many writers honestly think they work better in a character-based display these days?

By definition, PPT templates make authors think in terms of lists.  When translating slides into prose, I'm always on the lookout for concepts that have been condensed into lists, assuming that most of them can be improved by doing away with the lists altogether.  That said, I probably use more lists than most writers.  But I *use* them, they don't use me.  They're *my* lists, and I explicitly chose to make them.  That's all part of tech writing as an exercise in adding value.

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