Re[2]: Italicize Online Help reference?

Subject: Re[2]: Italicize Online Help reference?
From: David Wollenberger <david_wollenberger -at- WOODLAND-HILLS -dot- STERLING -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 15:49:54 -0800

In online documentation (manuals or help systems), I try to avoid
italics and stick to using colors to emphasize text because italics is
very hard to read online. If you are using green as your hypertext
color, consider another color for emphasis such as purple.

Regarding references to other helps systems, I have never seen such a
thing. If there was way of creating a link to the help system itself,
I would just make it green for links.


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Subject: Re: Italicize Online Help reference?
Author: David Knopf <david -at- KNOPF -dot- COM> at sswhsmtp
Date: 7/31/98 3:19 PM

| -----Original Message-----
| From: Technical Writers List; for all Technical Communication issues
| [mailto:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU]On Behalf Of Ellen Urmson
| Sent: Friday, July 31, 1998 12:07 PM
| To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
| Subject: Italicize Online Help reference?
| Does anyone know if you should italicize references to online help
| systems? I have been italicizing them, like book titles, but I'm not
| sure if this is the standard?

Normally, you italicize the *title* of a book when you refer to it. Most
online help systems, I think, don't really have titles--or at least people
don't think of them as having titles--so no I don't think there is a
convention to italicize references to online help systems.

David Knopf
Knopf Online
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E-mail: mailto:david -at- knopf -dot- com

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