Re: Downstyle headings

Subject: Re: Downstyle headings
From: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 10:43:58 MST

Peggy Thompson <Peggy_Thompson -at- CCMAIL -dot- OSTI -dot- GOV> asks--

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.
Downstyle headings, as you call them, are what newspapers use
for their headlines. I don't see any reason not to use them for
section headings in your manuals. Most headings are already
bigger, bolder, and of a different typeface than the body text,
so putting an initial cap on each word (or worse, all capping)
is merely adding yet another level of emphasis. IMO, it is

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