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>> You are right for windows with a fixed size, for example most
>> dialog boxes. But you are wrong for resizeable windows and
>> fullscreen windows.
Matt Ion wrote:
> You can increase or decrease the size of the window, but not
> generally of the fonts or of the proportions of items inside the
> window (buttons, graphics, etc.) Screen resolution still has
> little effect on the quality of these captures.
You can in fact to some extend change the fonts, in Windows by
selecting large fonts or small fonts. In Windows 95 you can select
screen font and font size with Control Panel/Screen/Design. (I am
not sure it is called Design in the English version, it is # 3 of the
5 tab sheets).
> True, but how often does one use full-screen dumps in
> documentation? Most often, one uses a capture of a specific window
> or dialog, in which case the amount of real estate around it is
It depends of the software you are documenting. I have e.g.
documented software with a mixture of full screen shots (forms) and
dialog boxes. In general I try to make the area as many pixels as
possible for betteer graphics.
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