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How to format code in an academic report

I write a report and must think about the reader. The report has some code and some illustrations. I wonder how to display the code readably. I now mix the fonts Times New Roman 12 for normal text ...
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Caption title for screenshots

When creating a figure caption related to a software screenshot, can I use title case or should I match the case that is in the application? For Example, "Figure 1-1. New Virtual Machine – Select a ...
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Is representing distorted voices via different typefaces, and different languages represented by enclosing brackets an advisable thing to do?

In the current draft of my book, the evil dictator whose body is encased in a silver alloy talks basically by allowing magic to move to seep into the silver shell, dispelling it and causing vibrations....
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MS Word Endnote Style Formatting

I hope this is the appropriate forum (and tags). I have a book written in MS Word (2007) ... with probably 250 endnotes. Every time I create an endnote, MS Word: automatically uses the internal "...
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When is it okay to insert a page break before a new paragraph?

I sometimes find myself with only one to three lines between the start of a paragraph and the end of a page when writing papers. When using the APA format, is it okay to insert a page break before the ...
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Formatting multiple languages while avoiding italics for native speakers in their POV

Looking at this question, I was trying to figure out how to format a small family of novels and short stories that use a number of languages. My original approach went with the above question's style. ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of original manuscript's page size in Word for the conversion process to Kindle

I was wondering if there is any advantage in the conversion process from Word to Kindle format if I create the Word document with any one particular page size? Would an original manuscript, created as ...
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How do you format equations in MLA?

I'm currently writing an acedemic paper on the topic of computation time. I have to include several equations similar to the following: O(N2) I am wondering if there is any special formatting or ...
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Book Format Shape

I'm writing a book which has about 60 pages at the moment, not even to the halfway point of the story. What puzzles me is whether I'm using the right settings about margins and font pt, and that kind ...
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Do 'text walls' scare off readers?

A comment on a recent question of mine claims Right, so that's [large unformatted text blocks scaring off some readers in certain contexts is] a myth. This is how I know: Harry Potter. Big long ...
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How do I avoid writing text walls in the first place?

I've recently asked a question about editing away text walls once I've already made the mistake of creating one, but it would probably be best not to have them in the first place. What writing ...
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How do I fix a text wall when I already have one?

When I write answers to questions on the stack exchange network my end result is often quite lengthy. While length itself isn't a problem for me, sometimes my answers end up like this. This happens ...
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What are these script formats called?

I have found two ways of formatting a script for a play. Character names go in the middle of the page, on a separate line. Example: http://filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm ...
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Which program should I use to write the first draft of my novel? [closed]

I'm working on outlining a novel and would like to start a first draft but I can't decide on any of the endless amounts of writing software available. What's the best place to start? Text editors? ...
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How should I set the inside margin for my 5x8" book with Createspace?

I've been going round in ever decreasing circles over the setting up of the margins for my novel, which I hope to publish with Createspace. I know what the Top, Bottom, and Outside margins should be, ...
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Should capitalization be used for emphasis for a character's tone?

Capitalization in a text has been something heavily debated in the writing community due to its nature as being preference based, and finding a hard set answer is fairly difficult. However, should ...
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Need recommendation re: online resume format

I'm drafting a resume for a job opportunity & would love recommendations on a formatting issue. My resume has many bullet points and some tables. However, I'm challenged by online job applications ...
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How to add multiple carriage returns between documents in Scrivener?

When compiling, i'm given 4 options for text separators, in the "separators" tab. What I want to do, is have 2 carriage returns, a line with 4 asterisks, then 2 carriage returns, between each text ...
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How do you describe details of an object visually?

When writing in the first person, how do you visually describe details of a specific object, such as words written on a piece of paper? Take this for example: What was his name? That's something he ...
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Has standard manuscript format changed since 2011?

This question was asked in 2011: Do editors still expect Courier font in book submissions for publication? A couple people said they found a monospace font helpful to have space to insert editing ...
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Format for electronic download sales: letter sized pdf okay?

I would like to self-publish a book and sell it through Amazon, and also make it available in a variety of electronic formats. I recently bought a book for $35 as an electronic download from the ...
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How to distinguish two different voices in one book?

A relative (who is no longer living) wrote a number of autobiographical pieces which I would like to publish in a book. I would like to include four or five chapters written by myself, that would ...
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Where to put a pronunciation key?

In a recent answer, "pronunciation key" was mentioned. I would like to provide a pronunciation key in my book. It would be about half a page. Where should I put it? I'm concerned that if I put it ...
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Using alternate quotation marks for 'scare quotes.'

The American standard is to use double quotation marks ("example") and the British standard is to use single quotation marks ('example'). Style guides insist that you should be consistent regarding ...
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Style when intentionally misspelling?

I am copyediting and doing layout on a play that includes a few plays on words and intentional misspellings. At first glance they read like typos. I am wondering if the convention is that I should be ...
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What are ways to automate documentation generation?

A lot of the documents we make at my work follow the same format; the document that takes the most time is, without getting into too many details, a report on a project that a client undertook. The ...
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Which Bullet Points to Use First Under Different List Nesting Styles

My work presents proposals with information divided by numbered headings. Under these headings, the technical writers use a variety of paragraphs, numbered indentations, and indented bullet points. By ...
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How should these be formatted? In quotes or italics?

I have a dilemma here and I hope any one of you can help me with this: I have been using double quotation marks for dialogues and italics for internal dialogues but I have no idea how to categorise ...
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Typographical styling of UI text in document

What are the usual typographical conventions to set off text from the UI in a user manual? For example, how should I style the text of the label on a button in: Press the Submit button. Or ...
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What is generally the accepted format style for telepathic communication in the midst of verbal communication?

At this point in my story, it's already been revealed that 2 characters share a telepathic link with one another that allows them to communicate to each other with their minds. "Now before we ...
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When dialog is italicized, should the quotation marks be italicized as well?

For example, in the following exchange, "Shut up!" she yelled. "I can't think when you ramble." (For context, it's for a novel or online story publication.) I want to emphasize ...
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ToC formating impossible with Scrivener

I want to create a table of contents in Scrivener 2.7 on Mac OS X. I know there is an "Edit > Copy Special > Copy Documents as ToC" command that allows you to paste a static list of links to the ...
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Formatting for written text, e.g. a sign [duplicate]

I've seen some passages use italics, others just use single/double quotation, or they use quotation with italics. So I'm a bit confused as to what the actual rule is regarding this. So when describing ...
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AmE text for a British literary agent (and viceversa)

Assume a manuscript written in AmE (if it matters, also assume an American MC). It would be relatively easy to change spelling, word choice, etc. to make a BrE manuscript. However, since I write ...
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How do I change my cursor size in scrivener?

I use Scrivener when I write, and I've imported what I've written so far from pages. The problem now is that the cursor size is huge now. How do I get the cursor back to regular size? It's rather ...
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What is the difference between an ending scene and the end of a chapter?

I'm new to professional writing, and I've been brushing up on standard manuscript format. I bought Scrivener to help me format for direct publishing, and standard manuscript formatting. So, how do I ...
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PhD thesis: how to visually separate the "general conclusion" chapter from the last part

Suppose the outline of my PhD thesis looks like this: Acronyms Preface Introduction Part I: some topic Chapter 1: ... Chapter 2: ... Part II: another topic Chapter 3: ... Chapter 4: ... ...
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Formatting dialogue and single lines

Consider the following exchange: "Hello" "Hi" They were sitting on the bench. The dialogue lines are indented. Should the descriptive sentence also be indented? What if we had "Hello" "...
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All capital letters in a new document

Weird thing just happened. I added a new document to a manuscript and when typing, all letters are in caps. Caps lock is not on. It's not happening in any other app, just in Scrivener and just in a ...
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Can I use an abbreviated two-digit format for year in a resume?

Can I use '14, '15, '16, etc., instead of the full four digits?
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Bachelor thesis indentation

Are there any rules for proper indentation in thesis? I am physicist so my thesis includes number of images and equations. Now I think you should not indent first paragraph after: Title of chapter,...
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How to get 2 different page numberings in the same document in MS Word?

Let's say I have a 6 page document. (MS Word) I want the first 3 pages to be numbered i, ii, iii and the remaining 3 pages to be numbered 1, 2, 3 How can I achieve this? I tried the automatic ...
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Should I use different fonts in my manuscript?

My novel contains emails, titles of news articles, parts of technical journals, and snippets of computer output in addition to regular dialogue and action. Is it common/acceptable to use one font for ...
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Capitalisation after punctuation in dialogue

I've seemed to have a problem with getting this right and doubting myself. In regards to writing dialogue, do you follow up with capitalisation after punctuation marks? Can someone tell me which is ...
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Diagram wider than text width

In a math book, is it OK to have a diagram wider than text width (so overriding the margins)? Also, how do I center a wide figure so that it occupies both the left margin and the right margin (not ...
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Name of Journal-Like Setting Description Lines Under Chapter Section Headings

Some fiction titles put a small block of text listing relevant setting details like the scene's time, date, and location between chapters' section headings and bodies. Heres an example: Chapter or ...
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Formatting Text from a Sign

I have a dialog heavy scene in which one of the characters walks up to a door marked with a sign. I wrote A warning etched under the sign read “Electromagnetics strictly prohibited.” Is it correct ...
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How Do I Write a News Broadcast Montage in Different Locations in a Screenplay?

I want to write a sequence in my screenplay where the same news broadcast continues on different screens in different locations. For example, a bunch of people in a bar are watching the broadcast, ...
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Is there a standard for describing a form in a programming specification?

I'm a web programmer at a small web firm. When we have a larger programming project, I write a specification document for the client to review, make necessary changes, and eventually approve. Our ...
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Formatting a Story Teller's Dialog

I'm writing a short story in which a story teller (the possibly-historic Aesop) addresses an audience. He tells his short story (within my short story), after which I will describe dialog between him ...

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