Re: Quote Marks

Subject: Re: Quote Marks
From: Sarah Lee Bihlmayer <tecscrib -at- SIRIUS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 22:59:07 -0700

On January 9, Tracy Boyington wrote:

>I've used italics for things the user types, small caps for keys
>(such as ENTER or F3), bold for menu commands. I'm not saying
>these are best; just that this is what I've used. And the punctuation
>situation has always bothered me. What does everybody else do?

I generally use a monospaced font like Courier or Letter Gothic for user
input and/or command syntax, with italics for copy that can vary (such as
pathnames or network zones), and bold for key names, menu names, and menu
commands. (This can vary according to the client's previously established
style--I've also had situations where all the aforementioned are formatted
in plain font with or without enclosing double quotes.) And in all cases,
I format punctuation in the plain font (or leave it outside of the quotes),
unless it is part of the actual input, key name, or menu name.

Sarah Lee Bihlmayer

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