No-frills publishing

    Treasury Board's Planning Information Products: Effective, No-frills Publishing Practices promotes producing publications that are economical, well-designed and environmentally sound, and that communicate effectively. It calls for the elimination of non-essential publications and for a departmental review of current practices and methods of providing information.

    Considerations for print publications include:

    • choosing a recycled paper;
    • printing in one colour only;
    • avoiding complicated folds on panel folders and kit folders;
    • avoiding fancy diecutting on covers, panel folders and kit folders; and
    • printing only quantities that are needed.

    Considerations for electronic products include:

    • user access;
    • reproduction (texts, graphics, sound);
    • storage capacity;
    • text retrieval software;
    • applicable standards; and
    • links with other information sources.