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Direct speech and highlighted text
« on: October 03, 2015, 03:19:56 PM »
A couple of questions about direct speech and highlighted text in FRUA. For players as much as designers...

1. Do people prefer double or single quotes in FRUA for direct text?
2. Do people prefer to see the quote marks highlighted, as well as the speech text, or only the speech text itself highlighted?

Or does no-one actually care about these things at all?

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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2015, 04:41:52 PM »
My personal preference is to have spoken text highlighted with double quotation marks (also highlighted).  That's how I do all my modules.

However, I certainly wouldn't turn down playing a module if it didn't follow this convention.  You might consider running a poll in the poll section about this.
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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2015, 05:57:47 PM »
Because character space is limited in a text box, I don't generally use quotation marks. When I have a descriptive text, such as a narration, in the same event where an NPC speaks directly, I highlight the NPC speech text and leave the narration text default grey.
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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2015, 07:17:23 PM »
I feel quotation marks are better, double if possible, and highlighted. However, Dorateen's assessment of limited text space and highlighted text is a solid workaround should you run up on those limits.

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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2015, 07:50:41 PM »
My personal preference is to have spoken text highlighted with double quotation marks (also highlighted).  That's how I do all my modules.

However, I certainly wouldn't turn down playing a module if it didn't follow this convention.  You might consider running a poll in the poll section about this.
 

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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2015, 08:40:45 PM »
I didn't use highlighted text, only quotation marks.

The reason was consistency: Since there was a lot of speech by characters during events that won't allow hightlighted text, the module would seem rather uneven otherwise.
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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2015, 10:43:05 PM »
As I recall, there is no Highlight option for such things as Temple events and Tavern Tales, etc., so sometimes leaving a quote unhighlighted is unavoidable. 

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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2015, 12:37:50 AM »
Thanks for the answers guys. Looks like double quotes with highlighting is popular. Yes, the unhighlightable direct speech in some events is a bit of an annoyance. I was considering changing some of those text strings to avoid direct speech.

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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2015, 07:44:50 AM »
Thanks for the answers guys. Looks like double quotes with highlighting is popular. Yes, the unhighlightable direct speech in some events is a bit of an annoyance. I was considering changing some of those text strings to avoid direct speech.

That's usually what I do. If I need speech there, I just use a Text Statement beforehand.
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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2015, 01:27:16 PM »
One that occurs to me as tricky is tavern tales. But they can be written in indirect speech.

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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2015, 02:35:38 AM »
Personally I'm in favor of Dorateen's method, and I think that's how I always did it in my own designs (highlighted text marks speech, so no quotation marks needed). But I can also relate to Ben J's reasoning, and if your design features a lot of dialogue and you're nearing the limit for events per dungeon already, highlighting can become very impractical and uneconomical, as it forces you to waste space and use more text events than text without highlights.

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Re: Direct speech and highlighted text
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2015, 03:04:32 AM »
I just use double quotes and add the name of the speaker in front. Actually, I thought that in English, you have to use single quotes for direct speech (contrary to German, where double quotes are used), so I am happy that both quote types seem to be an option.

In DC, I also work with text colours, but that is probably not possible in FRUA... For example, if a character wears a lot of blue clothes, it would look like:

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