marginal :-) definitions (was Re: "dummy" books to...)

Subject: marginal :-) definitions (was Re: "dummy" books to...)
From: Kelly Hoffman <kelly -at- NASHUA -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 1994 17:27:09 EST

Bonni Graham <bonnig -at- AOL -dot- COM> writes:

> I love the idea of margin definitions. [...]
> I thnks having the definitions in the margin,
> indicated with bold text in the index, and no glossary would be more
> intuitive than the current system. Anyone want to poke holes in this?

It would work for text that you expect will be read serially -- say, for
an introductory chapter or a tutorial book.

However, for a book that's more likely to be flipped through (random
access, rather than sequential ;-), how would you deal with multiple
references to the same term?

With a glossary (and with hypertext), you can have the definition in a
single location, which the reader can reference as needed. With marginal
notations only, are you going to put the definitions in the margin at
each occurrence? As a reader, I think I'd find this scheme distracting.

Kelly K. Hoffman kelly -at- nashua -dot- hp -dot- com
Learning Products Engineer
Hewlett-Packard, Network Test Division "Reading the manual is
One Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH 03062 admitting defeat."

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