Re: Info in Headers and Footers

Subject: Re: Info in Headers and Footers
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Martinek, Carla" <CMartinek -at- zebra -dot- com>, TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:07:26 -0700

With documents being delivered only in soft form, I've seen a lot more printing of single pages compared to the olden days when people "printed" single pages by putting a book face down on a copy machine. So I would say a document page's headers and footers need enough information to enable someone to look at a printed copy of it and know where it came from. At minimum, the document's title and revision and the page number. Beyond that, it's best to talk to some of your users to see what information they find useful.

A lot of your users in the field will be reading your documents on tablets, which are rapidly becoming the default over notebooks. There's a good chance they'll be maximizing the page by hiding TOC, bookmark and page preview sidebars, so it's probably not a good idea to depend on those instead of information that's visible on the page.

Gene Kim-Eng

On 9/12/2016 10:11 AM, Martinek, Carla wrote:

If designing a template from scratch, what would you put in the headers and footers?

Consider that your documentation is distributed to users via PDF at this time.

1. What information do you really *need* in the headers and footers.

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