Re: Downsizing (literally) the manuals

Subject: Re: Downsizing (literally) the manuals
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- AXIONET -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 15:21:40 -0500

Kathy Graden <kgraden -at- MAIL -dot- DANCRIS -dot- COM>

>The small page size forces writers to break information down >into smaller chunks that are, conveniently, of a size that >displays nicely on a monitor screen. In online documents, >this can greatly reduce the amount of scrolling a reader has >to do. Your document also doesn't look as if you just dumped >it from paper to online.

Actually, most users don't mind scrolling if the information is useful
and easy to read. But it's true that writing with a smaller page size
might encourage writers to plan more carefully, which is probably the
real difference between on-line and paper.
Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
(bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com) (604) 421-7189 (Updated December 13)

"Granite Years
Harbour lights, city nights and bitter tears
And you don't care where you're going,
Say that I was foolish,
Say that I was blind
Never say that I got left behind."
--Oyster Band, or

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