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Read Me First!: A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Second Edition by Sun Technical Publications

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Chapter 11. Working With Illustrations

A good illustration transmits dense and complex information at a glance. It also helps a reader retain more information. Combining text and images focuses attention and helps a reader filter data quickly for specific information. As documentation moves online, you might find yourself in the role of a screenwriter or director as you blend text, still images, video, audio, and animation in online multimedia documents.

A high level of image quality is essential to visual communication in any medium. From the printed page, to paint on canvas, to dots on a computer screen, similar rules apply. Even though the elements of good visual art can sometimes defy simple explanation, most people can say they know quality ...

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