Re: Downstyle headings

Subject: Re: Downstyle headings
From: Laurie Rubin <lmr -at- SYL -dot- NJ -dot- NEC -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 11:35:52 -0400

I use initial caps for main words in headings (is this what you call up and
down style?). I found that this method seems to help a
reader pick out the key words in the headings when scanning a document or
on-line help) . However, I introduce procedures in each section with what I
call a procedural heading that uses bold text, first letter initial cap:
Example of procedural heading: <bold>To install the software:<plain>
1.
2.
What were the compelling arguments you mention?

Laurie Rubin
lmr -at- syl -dot- nj -dot- nec -dot- com

> Do most of you downstyle headings in your technical material? I
> write computer manuals and quick ref guides, and we have always
> adhered to Traditional Methods of Up and Down Styling for the
> Headings. However, I read some compelling arguments (reading
> ease) for instead

> Doing headings just like this

> and to hell with conventions bred long ago in publishing.
> Comments from the field? Many thanks.


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