[oXygen-user] What is better: bold the names or bold the values?

Lars Huttar
Fri Jan 23 13:28:12 CST 2009

On 1/23/2009 12:06 PM, Paul Ryan wrote:
> I prefer the bolding of values because that is the thing your modifying. Bolding of the name implies something special about that name which is not the case here.

George, I was going to disagree with Paul but, having looked back more
carefully at what distinction the bold is intended to indicate, I would
come down tentatively on the side of bolding the values. As I understand
your question, the distinction you're drawing with regard to attributes
is not intrinsic to those attributes, but is totally dependent on
whether the user has entered a value in that instance. Am I right? In
that case I think the distinction is a distinction of value, not of the
attributes themselves, so it would make more sense to bold the value.
(Or both.)

My 2 cents...

Thanks for asking.


> -- Paul Ryan
> -----Original Message-----
> From:  [mailto:] On Behalf Of George Cristian Bina
> Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 8:55 AM
> To: Oxygen User
> Subject: [oXygen-user] What is better: bold the names or bold the values?
> Hi,
> We need your feedback on one of the oXygen 10.1 features. We implemented 
> a new XML Schema editor where XML Schemas can be edited visually. The 
> properties of the selected component are available in a side view 
> (Attributes view). Now, some attributes are specified by the user, some 
> other have default values. For marking the specified ones we though of 
> two possibilities:
> - bold the attribute names as you can see in
> http://www.oxygenxml.com/update/boldNames.jpg
> or
> - bold the values, as you can see in
> http://www.oxygenxml.com/update/boldValues.jpg
> Do you have a preference for any of these?
> Best Regards,
> George

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