Call to the graphic designers in you

Subject: Call to the graphic designers in you
From: France Baril <France -dot- Baril -at- ixiasoft -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 14:34:17 -0400

I have to review stylesheets and dialog boxes, and people are now asking me questions about graphic presentation.

What is the standard distance between static text lines or check boxes?

Should we align static text? For example:
Name: Name value here
Age: Age value aligned with the name value above

Should we just follow what seems to be the norm in other property sheets and dialog boxes? Or are there strict guidelines to follow? I have Microsoft Manual of Style and I cannot find anything as specific as interface layout mesurement.

If you know of any reference book or website on the matter, I would be very interested. As a technical writer specialized in computer programming, I have never taken the time to study graphic design rules.

France Baril
Rédactrice Technique / Technical Writer
(514) 279-4942
france -dot- baril -at- ixiasoft -dot- com

Ce qui se conçoit bien s'énonce clairement, et les mots pour le dire viennent aisément. (Boileau)


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