Re: page breaks

Subject: Re: page breaks
From: Richard Lippincott <rlippinc -at- BEV -dot- ETN -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 12:34:53 EST

Sherry Hall asked:
>When do you force page breaks in a technical (printed) manual?

When it makes the page layout look better. When it seems like the right thing
to do. When your gut tells you that you've reached the end of the page, but
the software doesn't agree.

There's no hard and fast rule, but I can't help remember what I learned from
an old-timer when I was starting out as a tech writer. We were working on
military manuals, each controlled by Mil-Specs. One day, he made a change
in a page, and I wasn't sure how it was justified under the specifications.

"I-Spec." he said.
"Huh?"
"I 'spect it'll look better if I do it that way." he explained.

I still use the I-Spec to this day.

Rick Lippincott
Eaton Semiconductor
Beverly, MA
rlippinc -at- bev -dot- etn -dot- com


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