RE: Bullet Styles

Subject: RE: Bullet Styles
From: "Al Geist" <al -at- geistarts -dot- com>
To: "'Dan Goldstein'" <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 15:16:55 -0400

While I agree that the target audience are the techs in the field, I would
not go as far to say that the manager says they prefer one bullet over
another. Is this the truth, or is he saying this to back up his preferences?
However, I would not settle on a style just because that is what you use in
Frame. You may have to match your Frame template to Word instead of the
other way around.

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-----Original Message-----
From: techwr-l-bounces+al=geistarts -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+al=geistarts -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
Dan Goldstein
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 2:47 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Bullet Styles

I would go with whatever bullet style your manager says the field
technicians prefer. They might have odd preferences, but they're the target
audience - right?


-----Original Message-----
From: Pam Harper
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:43 PM
To: 'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com'
Subject: Bullet Styles

I'm having a discussion with my manager (I report into the Engineering dept.
as the only writer) about bullet styles. I use a square bullet for the main
bullet and another bullet style for a sub bullet. I use the main bullet
style regardless if the list is in the main body or a step.
My manager thinks because the bullet list is in a step, that the bullet
should not look the same as if it's in the body. He uses Word as his
guide-that when you press the indent arrow that the bullet style changes. I
develop templates in Word and FrameMaker and want the Word templates to
match with what I have for Frame, which is my main tool.

He also said that field technicians may be scanning down for say square
bullets and get confused if they see a square bullet in a step list.
I've never heard this complaint, but that doesn't mean it's not
relevant-just seems odd.

I found several examples on Microsoft.com for Word styles as well as the
Microsoft Manual of style, where the same bullet icon is used for a list in
the body or in a step. Any opinions on this?




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References:
Bullet Styles: From: Pam Harper
RE: Bullet Styles: From: Dan Goldstein

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