Re: Page preview/composition and (or vs.) writing

Subject: Re: Page preview/composition and (or vs.) writing
From: Kelly Hoffman <kelly -at- NASHUA -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 1994 09:08:44 EDT

Vicki Rosenzweig <murphy!acmcr!vr -at- UUNET -dot- UU -dot- NET> writes:

> One word of warning: there are few things more frustrating than
> an almost-WYSIWYG display. [...]
> The page that had looked
> right on screen turned out, when printed by the same software,
> to have an _underfull_ line. When I took out all the fixes I
> had patiently put in, and ignored the preview function, the
> page worked.

You don't mention what hardware you're using. For example, my
experience is that Macs are much better than PCs at getting what's
on the screen to look like what's going to be printed -- for the same
software package. Windows is a johnny-come-lately to this, remember.

However, as long as the screen resolution is a fraction of the
printer resolution, you will have problems like the ones you describe.
Display PostScript helps, though, since at least the screen and the
printer are working from the same stuff.

I've learned, in general, to trust the composition software to put
things on the printed page reasonably accurately, even if the preview
doesn't look right (and even if the preview looks *horribly* wrong).
I won't adjust anything related to fine placement until I see a printed

My 2cents.

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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