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You have many options, only some of which will be covered here.
For each medium, you must understand:
- capabilities and limitations,
- features and drawbacks, and
- special characteristics.
Do not assume that one choice suits all.
Do you want feedback?
Does presenting your results require extensive mathematical notation?
- Verbal: easiest and most immediate feedback once you've gathered
- Electronic: "in between";
- Print: least immediate, portable, varying ease.
How much background is needed to understand your results?
- Print: most accurate and durable;
- Verbal: requires time and tools for annotation;
- Electronic: many tools inadequate for accurate notation.
- Electronic: hyperlinks for extensive unobtrusive background;
- Print: citations, footnotes, and appendices;
- Verbal: least appropriate for a truly mixed audience.
A further sampling of relevant issues:
In general, what looks best in print appears weak online, and vice
versa, no matter what online tools are used. There are, furthermore,
some special concerns when designing
pages for hypertext.
- Online: san-serif is most readable
- Print: serif is best
- Print: smooth-flowing prose is best
- Online: short, terse lists are often appropriate
- Consider this simple sample
- White space
- Online: cheap
- Print: expensive
- No matter how many "rules" you learn, there will be constant
- Getting familiar with good and bad
of pages at other sites is useful.
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