Re: Odd/Even formatting

Subject: Re: Odd/Even formatting
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:41:43 -0700

It looks old-fashioned to me. I read hundreds of PDFs a year and so
few of them use left/right formatting that it's startling when I come
across one. It interferes with skimming.

Adobe doesn't do it any more either.

https://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/2019/using/framemaker_help.pdf

Left/right adds value to no one except those users who print
double-sided and bind the pages. I've heard that's still common in
some fields.

I publish to online help, PDF, a help-center format for the web site,
and Zendesk. The main advantage of PDF in the modern era is that it
gives you everything in a single downloadable file.

On Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 11:13 AM, Rick Quatro <rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com> wrote:
> Who does it look old-fashioned or weird to? This is an opinion that is not
> shared by everyone. "Unless a lot of users are going to print..." So you
> essentially admit that left/right layouts add value for some of the users.
> Do you know what percentage of your users might print and bind pages? Even
> if it is a small number, do you make your documentation less useful so it
> doesn't look "old fashioned or weird"? And, if you are still using a
> page-based format like PDF, you haven't dumped all holdovers from the print
> era.
>
> Eschewing "bookthink" or dumping the "print era" sound more like
> philosophical or fashion statements. I would be more concerned with
> presentation and usability than not wanting to appear old fashioned.
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References:
Odd/Even formatting: From: Sion Lane
Re: Odd/Even formatting: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Odd/Even formatting: From: Rick Quatro

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