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Communication Options -- Displayed in Varying Densities

This page contains much the same information as the previous one, although it is composed of two sections that are formatted according to very different densities. (An attempt has been made to force extra white-space, that will be handled differently according to the brower used, so that you can view each piece individually...) Consider what each one looks like in print and on a computer screen.
Do not assume that one choice suits all.

Consider for the moment just a few distinctions. Do you want feedback? Verbal communication allows for the easiest and most immediate feedback, print for the least, with electronic somewhere in the middle. Does presenting your results require extensive mathematical notation? With appropriate typesetting tools, print permits the most accurate, durable presentations; verbal discussions require time and tools for annotation; and certain electronic tools remain woefully inadequate for accurate notation. How much background is needed to understand your results? Electronic hyperlinks let you provide extensive background unobtrusively. Print media permit some background and cross-referencing through citations, footnotes, and appendices. Verbal sessions are least appropriate for a truly mixed audience: you talk over the heads of half the audience while boring the other half.

Compare the look of next few statements to that of the paragraph above:

Note that neither the "prose" nor the "online" examples above are optimized for use as overheads during a talk...

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