Desktop publishing (dtp) covers so many subject areas, that no single site could cover it all. Tech writers should know about, and have experience doing, a variety of desktop publishing -- books, manuals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, brochures, flyers, advertisements . . . the list goes on. Some believe that desktop publishing includes online manuals, multimedia CD-ROMs, and Web Publishing, and in a very true way, they're right. Virtually all can be created and manipulated on a desktop computer, and some of what we might say about desktop publishing of paper products could extend to Web publishing or CD-ROM publishing.
I'd like to make the distinction between desktop publishing and other kinds of publishing based on the media used. The media used in each instance offers unique advantages and disadvantages of communication that should be recognized and addressed. For instance, people tend to scan large paper pages, like newspaper pages, in a backwards "s" pattern, but people reading web pages are drawn first to the "noisiest" spots on the page -- like blinking text or animated gifs.
Based on that distinction, this page will focus mainly on paper-media publishing. Check out Web Publishing to learn more about dtp in a webbed environment
Design for Reading, an article by Gordon Wolff in Whiskey Creek Document Design, an e-journal out of Australia. Outstanding!
Ready for something different? The Ideabook.com Store offers step-by-step design projects that will help you learn more about dtp design. You'll also find collections of clip art, dtp templates, style sheets, and such here as well. Drop by, and tell Chuck Green I sent you.
The mother of all dtp sites, however is desktoppublish.com. There you'll find the greatest collection of materials, tips, and links than at any other site on the 'net.
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