Icons in a Document

Subject: Icons in a Document
From: BladnMan <bladnman -at- NETDOOR -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 10:46:32 -0600

Susan Seifert wrote:
> 3. It will make your company look amateurish and unprofessional.
> You have my sympathy.

Well, graphics incorporated in a technical document can go either way.
You run the risk of looking like you are playing with a new thing if you
are not consistant -- like Susan seems to indicate. But, you can
obviously make things more approachable with some sort of graphical

If your company produces clean copy already, there is little harm in
beginning to think about a graphical presentation. After all, look how
popular the sub-standard USA Today newspaper became.

If you are clean and consistant the graphics actually add to the
document. Beware, however, you do not want to use anything too silly.
While that may be fun in the beginning, you eventually run the risk of
looking amateurish.

Bottom Line: Use them, but take a month and a lot of time to decide on a


"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of
a good example"
-- Mark Twain

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BladnMan -at- Netdoor -dot- Com

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