Re: You're too stupid for this document?

Subject: Re: You're too stupid for this document?
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: DowningLst -at- aol -dot- com
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 19:47:52 -0500

DowningLst -at- aol -dot- com wrote:
> <<Does anybody have some
> standard boilerplate text that gently and effectively articulates the
> intended audience for a document? >>
> I'd say something like, "This document assumes the following knowledge." I think that's nice and polite because it implies that the writer of the document is the one who's made the mistake if the document goes over the reader's head -- "We assumed, but we assumed wrong."

I am firmly convinced that if the reader does not understand what I
have written, I have either failed in my efforts to communicate, or the
reader IS incredibly stupid. <g>

Arguing with an engineer is like mud wrestling with a pig.
You soon realize they both enjoy it.

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