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[ALLY] Re: REBOL Dictionary Returns

From: joel:neely:fedex at: 11-May-2001 6:46

Hi, Petr & Carl,
>From a different perspective...
Petr Krenzelok wrote:
> Hello Carl, > > as for formatting - it is formatted well, but it simply is "plain" > and is not "nice". >
Well, maybe not "plain", but "clean" -- which is nearly synonymous nice in my book. When it comes to hard-core reference material, I prefer as little visual distraction (and as much content) as possible.
> I remember the same doc with very nice color scheme, where command > was in white-on-black color scheme, refinements white-on-magenta, > description white-on-bright-brown or something like that ... and >
Reverse text for the command is a very good thing, simultaneously providing visual breaks between topics, emphasis for the "search keys", and minimum of lost space. (Although generally I like whitespace in a graphic design, in this case minimizing scrolling and/or pages of print would be A Good Thing.) As for the rest of the coloring, PLEASE be cautious. When printing on a non-color printer, various color-on-color combinations can harm readability by reducing contrast (and also burn up toner/ink much faster ;-). Finally, as a significant percentage of the (male, oddly enough) population has some degree of color-blindness, such documents should NEVER depend on color-coding alone for critical distinctions.
> ... the spacing was not so drastic, and also function names are > just way too big ... >
As above, I'd agree that reducing page count would be good. It currently prints 159 pages on one of my printers (and that's with some omissions still in place -- e.g., binary!, object!, etc.) -jn-