Re: themes for GNOME2 docs
- From: Chris Lyttle <chris wilddev net>
- To: Pat Costello <Patrick Costello Sun COM>
- Cc: Gnome Doc list <gnome-doc-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: themes for GNOME2 docs
- Date: 19 Dec 2001 09:40:36 -0800
On Wed, 2001-12-19 at 02:45, Pat Costello wrote:
> - Screenshots should appear as close as possible to what the user really sees
> on-screen. There are no drop-shadows around windows on-screen, so what is the
> justification for adding them to screenshots in documentation?
> - Any non-essential visual or textual information can distract a user, or even
> confuse a user.
> To sum up, every component of information design, whether textual or visual,
> should play a role in communicating concepts to the user. If a specific
> component does not convey a concept, or part of a concept, then the presence of
> the component only adds to the processing burden for the user, without bringing
> a piece of understanding. Essentially, decorative components reduce
> communication effectiveness.
Ah ha! Now these are the sort of arguments that seem reasonable to me
against using special effects, esp the one about confusing the user. I
would suggest adding these comments to the style guide instead of a
plain 'dont do this' as this will give some view of the reasoning behind
doing things a certain way.
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