Text format of user inputs (paper manuals)

Subject: Text format of user inputs (paper manuals)
From: Melanie_Albrecht -at- moldflow -dot- com
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 11:57:38 +1000

In a software training manual, how should I format the text that users have
to enter? At the moment, we have:

Type "Report on Angle Model" in the <bold>Title</bold> box.

I don't like the quote marks, but I'm reluctant to use more bold - there's
probably too much bold on the page as it is. One option I have considered
is using a different font (Courier, for example). We already use Courier
in our Installation Guides, for blocks of code. Different audiences, I
know, but...

Has anyone any better ideas?

I hope this isn't one of those over-discussed topics that people bring up
all the time. I tried to search the archives but I couldn't come up with
helpful search terms.

Melanie Albrecht
Senior Technical Writer
Moldflow Pty Ltd
Melbourne, Australia

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