Document density refers to the amount, type, detail, complexity, and rate of information presented to the reader. The density appropriate to any document is determined by its audience and the ways in which the audience will use it. Matching the density of information to your audience is crucial for the success of any technical document. The following table presents some general guidelines.
|Feature of Document||Expert||Managerial||Layperson|
|Equations||OK||Keep simple or avoid||Avoid|
|Graphics||Detailed, analytical||Simple, presentational||General illustrative|
|Detail level||Accurate, numerical||General, accurate||Simple, narrative|
|Technical terms||Expert, technical||Administrative||General, illustrative|
|Emphasis||Analysis||Operations, costs||Informational, interest|
See Examples of Document Density.