Re: Use of Bold and Italics

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.

--Wayne Douglass

Verity, Inc. Email: wayned -at- verity -dot- com
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Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Facsimile: 408-542-2040
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