Features of and differences between word-processing and DTP

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Features of and differences between word-processin

Specific features common to word-processing and DTP software

  • Edit text: can include changing a sentence to make it clearer, formatting the text, correct mistakes
  • Auto wrap: software automatically allows the text to flow and start new lines
  • Lists: used to make points and these points can be numbered automatically
  • Indentation: gap left before the first word starts in a paragraph, can be set automatically by the software
  • Tabs: moves cursor to new position to allow the entry of text
  • Paragraphs
  • Bullets: useful to draw the reader's attention to a list of points would like to make (a block or paragraph of text that has a symbol placed in front to make the section of text stand out)
  • Headings and subheadings
  • Numbering and sub-numbering: adds structure to a document
  • Borders: add more emphasis to a word, section of text, paragraph or table
  • Page and line breaks: Page breaks are when one page finishes and another starts, line breaks are where the return is pressed so that a new line starts
  • Line spacing: determines the amount of white space between the lines of text
  • Columns
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  • Sections/chapters
  • Create and format tables: tables are made up of rows and columns that can be filled with text, used to organise and present information
  • Merge and split table cells: text is wrapped in order to keep the width of the cell the same, merge better for headings
  • Spelling and grammar checks: check that words in document are in the dictionary, grammar checks used to check the grammar of document against set rules but do not check the meaning
  • Word count
  • Grouping, ungrouping and layering: when make a drawing out of separate components can group them together so that you can work on the whole drawing as a single object, layering is concept of working on diagrams in layers

Differences between word - processing and DTP: Advantages in using DTP rather than word-processing software, DTP more suitable when:

  • page design is complex
  • there are lots of images
  • a design uses lots of frames which contain text and graphics that can be moved around the page and positioned more accurately
  • file can be sent straight to a professional printer for the job to be professionally printed
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