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Subject:Re: Odd/Even formatting From:Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net> To:Sion Lane <sion -dot- lane -at- unit4 -dot- com>, Rick Quatro <rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:16:35 +0000 (UTC)
Just because YOU think something is unimportant doesn't mean your audience believes that as well. If they see something in your book that they perceive as wrong, or at the very least "going against the grain", you run the risk of losing credibility -- rightfully or wrongfully.
I write heavy construction equipment operation & maintenance manuals. So my job is to create a manual that enables my customers to operate/maintain their 300-ton crawler crane safely, properly and with minimal downtime for maintenance. Anything that I do to draw their attention away from "the norm" in any way can result in possible confusion and incorrect performance of a procedure. That could result in malfunction of machinery or injury (or even worse, death) of the operator.
I tell others that in my line of work, no news is good news. No one calls me to say, "Wow! Every period in it's place!" But let them find one misspelling and jeez-oh-man, it's like hell!
So go along with the norm and don't question that which is not necessarily wrong. You've got enough to worry about in making sure your technical data is absolutely, positively and indubitably correct in all aspects. <grin>
-- Kenpo in Atlanta
From: Sion Lane <sion -dot- lane -at- unit4 -dot- com>
To: Rick Quatro <rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com>; "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:36 AM
Subject: RE: Odd/Even formatting
Redundancy I guess, why have one more page layout than you need?
From: Rick Quatro [mailto:rick -at- rickquatro -dot- com]
Sent: 29 August 2018 15:29
To: Sion Lane <sion -dot- lane -at- unit4 -dot- com>; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Odd/Even formatting
It's a good question, but I always wonder what the downside is to keeping left/right pages?
Carmen Publishing Inc.
rick -at- frameexpert -dot- com
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<techwr-l-bounces+rick=rickquatro -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> On Behalf Of Sion Lane
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:25 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Odd/Even formatting
I'm just wondering if any of you have a good reason for keeping the traditional odd/even page formatting when your only deliverable is a pdf file. It doesn't facilitate online reading in any way, and even if people print out double sided it shouldn't matter, in my opinion.
We are working on a new page layout and I questioned the need for a different right and left page, my boss seemed uncertain so I would ideally like to go back with some resources/examples to back up my intuition.