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>I'm currently contracted to update and restructure the user and sys/admin
>documentation for a small software company. In this restructure I have
>placed various types of information that require more reader focus. I've
>divided these items into three categories: warnings, notes and hints.
I tend to like icons myself. They draw even more attention to important
notes. If you don't have too many and don't have a slew of other graphics,
they can also give a document a snappy look. You can find icons for stop
signs, caution signs, light bulbs, musical notes, and all the other icons
I've seen used (perhaps overused), or you can be clever and come up with
A tech writer just asked me today for a source of icons, including
eye-catching buttons. You can, of course, get them from clip-art
collections. You can also check out the Web site for the Awesome Icon Index
(http://www.isecure.com/webmaster/icons.htm). This site has links to all
kinds of icons. Most were designed for the Net and are, therefore in GIF or
JPEG format, which I find OK for documentation. Some are even animated for
Web pages or online documentation.
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