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I'm curently writing the style guide for my company and need to
recommend the fonts that should be used in our manuals. Here's the
At the moment almost anything goes, tho' Helvetica, Arial, Times New
Roman and Times are the most commonly used. As we are only one and
a half writers and 2 DTP people in a company of three factories and 14
international sales offices (and the four of us are located in
different countries), most of our manuals are written by R&D or
sales staff. All use Word. The factories are responsible for getting
the manuals printed and 2 of them send out the manuals to be printed in
Word format with the True Type fonts Arial and Times New Roman.
One factory however copies & pastes all their Word manuals into
Pagemaker and changes to Post Script fonts Times and Helvitica for
their printers. I find this a waste of time as it delays the release
of the manuals. I would like manuals to be done only in Word with
True Type fonts (our manual are rarely more than 100 pages and are
often less than 50). I expect my proposal for True Type font to be
derided by this factory because of their printers. They look at the
manuals from what the printers want and I look look at them from what
those who are writng & updating the manuals want (they don't want
Pagemaker). I know that True Type is slower to print but what else do
I need to know about fonts and printing? What else do I need to know
about printing from Word?