Re: Including Screen Captures

Subject: Re: Including Screen Captures
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 24 May 1996 15:45:55 PDT

Most of the screen captures I've seen in documents are worse than
gratuitous. Screen captures are easy to make and give the impression
that the document contains illustrations.

While my documents almost always have around one illustration per
page, I rarely use screen captures, because the information they
present is so blindingly obvious that white space would be just
as useful to the reader.

When I *do* use screen captures, they tend to be surrounded by call-outs,
just like they taught me in Technical Illustration class. Screen
captures are too static to stand on their own (except when their
usage is so transparently obvious that the capture itself is superfluous).

-- Robert
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