Re: focus so deeply on DTP.

Subject: Re: focus so deeply on DTP.
From: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 1995 06:58:02 MST

John P. Brinegar <johnbri -at- PRIMENET -dot- COM> wrote-->
> (1) Readers are increasinly more visually oriented and less textually
> oriented. My work today has much lest text these days than it did with I
> took up tech writing 45 years ago. It has far more illustrations, tables,
> and charts. The size and positioning of these elements are important to me.

You are so right, John. As tech writers, you worry about making
the words as understandable as possible by the reader. (Is this
too much detail? Or not enough? What about this terminology?)

All those carefully considered details will be for nothing if
the final product LOOKS like crap. Page layout and design is
what initially grabs the reader, not the words. I would even
wager that page layout and design is instrumental in *keeping*
the reader reading.

=*= Beverly Parks -- bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil =*=
=*= Huachuca : That's pronounced "wah-CHEW-ka" =*=
=*= "Unless otherwise stated, all comments are my own. =*=
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