Re: Odd/Even formatting

Subject: Re: Odd/Even formatting
From: Carter Campbell <lists -at- soph-text -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:15:49 -0600

Having worked in different industries, petroleum, computer, etc., I would say it depends on your audience. Working in an industry that still lives off paper (especially regulated industries), having an odd/even page scheme can be expected. If the audience has always seen a specific layout, it can distract them if they don't see it. And, in my experience, people do notice, especially older workers. In this instance, I agree with Ken wholeheartedly.

On the other hand, people who work in more "high tech" type industries don't care and are use to having all sorts of layouts thrown at them, so a simplified and "uncluttered" layout/structure is best.

The idea of "redundant" or not really doesn't enter into it. It is what the audience expects and what makes the cleanest, most efficient communications tool, in their mind.

My personal view is that I would prefer everything "online", but some industries just can't go that route.

Just my .08Â CDN

Carter

âSo go along with the norm and don't question that which is not necessarily wrong.â

I canât help but feel that in this case it would be wrong to spend time and effort developing a redundant page layout. Redundancy is wrong, therefore this page layout would be wrong. Changes to the documentation are listed in the documentation for those that care to read about them, so Iâm happy to get rid of the verso/left page layout. Looking at the PDF of Appleâs Style Guide as an example, theyâve been doing this since 2013.

From: Ken Poshedly [mailto:poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net]
Sent: 29 August 2018 16:17
To: Sion Lane <sion -dot- lane -at- unit4 -dot- com>; Rick Quatro <rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com>; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Odd/Even formatting

Just because YOU think something is unimportant doesn't mean your audience believes that as well. If they see something in your book that they perceive as wrong, or at the very least "going against the grain", you run the risk of losing credibility -- rightfully or wrongfully.

I write heavy construction equipment operation & maintenance manuals. So my job is to create a manual that enables my customers to operate/maintain their 300-ton crawler crane safely, properly and with minimal downtime for maintenance. Anything that I do to draw their attention away from "the norm" in any way can result in possible confusion and incorrect performance of a procedure. That could result in malfunction of machinery or injury (or even worse, death) of the operator.

I tell others that in my line of work, no news is good news. No one calls me to say, "Wow! Every period in it's place!" But let them find one misspelling and jeez-oh-man, it's like hell!

So go along with the norm and don't question that which is not necessarily wrong. You've got enough to worry about in making sure your technical data is absolutely, positively and indubitably correct in all aspects. <grin>



-- Kenpo in Atlanta

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Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:36 AM
Subject: RE: Odd/Even formatting

Redundancy I guess, why have one more page layout than you need?

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Sent: 29 August 2018 15:29
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Subject: RE: Odd/Even formatting

It's a good question, but I always wonder what the downside is to keeping left/right pages?

Rick Quatro
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Subject: Odd/Even formatting

I'm just wondering if any of you have a good reason for keeping the traditional odd/even page formatting when your only deliverable is a pdf file. It doesn't facilitate online reading in any way, and even if people print out double sided it shouldn't matter, in my opinion.

We are working on a new page layout and I questioned the need for a different right and left page, my boss seemed uncertain so I would ideally like to go back with some resources/examples to back up my intuition.


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RE: Odd/Even formatting: From: Rick Quatro
RE: Odd/Even formatting: From: Sion Lane
Re: Odd/Even formatting: From: Ken Poshedly
RE: Odd/Even formatting: From: Sion Lane

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