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Subject:Re: Use of Bold and Italics From:"Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 24 Feb 1997 14:59:42 -0800
At 02:45 PM 2/24/97 -0800, Melinda Carr wrote:
>When do you use bold and italics in technical manuals and online help
>systems? I am especially interested in hearing about their use in
>software end-user manuals and help systems.
My favored practice is to use italics only for titles and emphasis.
I like to use bold face for window names, menu names & options, and names of
buttons, boxes, etc. Sometimes you can actually perform a procedure without
reading it by following the bold faced terms, and our audience typically
doesn't want to read anyway.
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