Interview text - indents

yakobu3000's picture

Hi,

I am designing a book that contains interviews.
I have decided to use indents, both as a relief but also to make the questions (italics)
stand out, in order to make it easier for the reader to distinguish questions from answers in the text.

I feel I am doing the right thing, but nevertheless, I am not quite sure if I am violating some clear typographic
rule or making nonsense by doing this.

NB: My intention is to avoid 'empty lines'.

So my question is; am I doing the right thing or not, with these indents for firslt lines of questions and answers?
If not, what would be the most appropriate way?

Thanks
J

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Knerkin's picture

The indented italics works for me, but I would feel more comfortable with the page if the immediately following answer-text line weren't indented as well.
Curt Akin

yakobu3000's picture

Thanks Curt,

That's great help. In my opinion, this would also be the most logic way.
I see that now!

Cheers
J

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Har du vurdert å bruke sitatstrek, Jacob?

yakobu3000's picture

hmm... I'm not sure what 'sitatstrek' is. A dash? I gor the rest of it though.

Thanks Frode

yakobu3000's picture

How about this. I guess it is unconventional, but in a sense, it does the job; emphasizing the questions... or?

Jacob

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Yeah, a dash.

- This is a question?
- This is what I have to answer.

Knerkin's picture

No fair. You changed the rules. I see a blank line. But, overall, I like that approach much better.

Curt Akin

yakobu3000's picture

Thanks guys!

peter_b's picture

Hi

One option is to indent only the text that makes up the answers:

Question 1
--Answer text etc etc
--Answer text etc etc
Question 2
--Answer text etc etc
--Answer text etc etc
--Answer text etc etc

A bit like hanging punctuation, if you get what I mean.

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