Formatting and Visual Aids

Formatting and Visual Aids

FORMATTING
VISUAL AIDS
TABLES AND GRAPHS
ILLUSTRATIONS
CHARTS
CHOOSING VISUAL AIDS
WRITING ABOUT VISUAL AIDS

The personal computer has caused radical changes in the individual writer’s ability to generate documents. The most noticeable change is in the way you can affect the look of a document by formatting the page.and constructing and using visual aids. In the days of the typewriter, i writer had only a few limited methods for affecting the look of the page margins, underlining, and spacing. Complicated tables, good looking graphs, maps, photos – all were out of the question. If writers wanted them in a report, they drew them in by hand or pasted them in. Now writers have many attractive methods available to them, methods formerly used only in expensive typeset material. Boldface, different typefaces, and different type sizes are all available in even the simplest programs. Since software allows writers to incorporate even complicated visuals into their documents with ease, the technical writer must now understand basic formatting and visual concepts. This chapter explains both.