Re: Standards on Using Graphics, Screen Captures, Illustrations, What-have-you In Doc

Subject: Re: Standards on Using Graphics, Screen Captures, Illustrations, What-have-you In Doc
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwrl <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:55:39 -0400

On Fri, 02 Nov 2018 15:38:18 -0400, Carter Campbell <lists -at- soph-text -dot- com> wrote:

Would anyone know of a set of standards and/or best practices for using screen captures in user manuals/guides that they could point me to? There seems to be a /discussion/ where I am working and I would like to be able to point to one or more standards and say, "Let's use one of these . . ." I'm hoping to reduce the volume of discussion.

I can add some opinion.

Avoid:
- Screen shots that do not add to the clarity of the presentation.
- Material that is likely to change substantially.
- Having the screen shots somehow land a long distance from the text referencing them.

Ensure:
- Good visibility of text within a screen shot.
- Calling attention to the (few) points of interest in the screen shot.
- Testing of your material on genuine, naive readers. Most software developers are NOT naive.

I have just given up watching a video tutorial where it is almost impossible to read the screen shots to which the narrator references. I'll go learn it some other way.

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