showing text correlation - other than by color ?

Subject: showing text correlation - other than by color ?
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:39:11 -0800

Hello, WR-L-ers,

Just looking for alternative ideas for showing logical correlation between two big sections of text from two different docs. The goal is to show that doc-1 and doc-2 are basically equivalent.

As the text was given to me, itâs in a 2-column, 1-long-row table: doc-1 on the left, doc-2 on the right. (The text in the table isnât the full text of either doc; itâs just the relevant portions of doc-1 and doc-2 that discuss the same concepts.) The corresponding portions are color-highlighted. So thereâre gray, hello, green, etc. portions in both columns, where the gray sections discuss one point, the green another, etc.

It looks very jarring, thatâs for sure. Plus there are all sorts of color-blindness considerations, and itâs hard to read.

I thought of simply breaking it up into separate rows (the selected text is in the same order for both docs, not interleaved throughout), which is much easier to read and parse. But it loses a lot of the visual impact showing how closely the docs correlate.

Anyone have any other ideas?

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