Re: Re: Boldface

Subject: Re: Re: Boldface
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharonburton -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Marv Cochrane" <cochrane -at- tsufl -dot- edu>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 07:46:49 -0700

We didn't do it for a client. They released the manual. We heard from the
user base that many people were reading the instructions very fast and
wanted the stuff they clicked, etc, to be bold so they could see it better.

So in the next version, we did. Users loved it. We were heroes.

sharon

Sharon Burton-Hardin
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----- Original Message -----
From: Marv Cochrane <cochrane -at- tsufl -dot- edu>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, 22 October, 1999 5:42 PM
Subject: Fwd: Re: Boldface


| Lurker delurks to comment.
|
| >We are currently discussing whether there is any advantage, in
procedures,
| >to bolding the names of control elements within the software (e.g.,
dialog
| >box names or text box & button labels). We know plenty of companies do
| >this, but is it worthwhile?
| >
| Don't do it. Well, actually, it depends. If you wind up with a lot of
bolds,
| the page is ugly, and you have all of these raisin-bread spots calling for
| attention. It's like a room full of two year olds. Look at some
| documentation that does not use bolding, italics, special fonts, or any
| other special treatment of control elements. If you're like me, you will
| find that you have no trouble following the instructions. And you can save
| your special treatments for items that should grab the reader's attention.
|
| Marv Cochrane, who wrote software documentation in a previous life.
|
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