Lamination: friend or foe?

Subject: Lamination: friend or foe?
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <markl -at- gilian -dot- com>
To: TechWr-L <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 17:19:59 +0300

I know I should ask our user base, but we're a start-up and
don't have much of one yet.

All else being equal, I've always felt that the cover of
a manual should accommodate handwriting and rubberstamping,
in case it's the policy of a company or the desire of an
individual to display ownership. (How else do I know if
that's my copy of the manual on your desk?) I stated my
preference for a light color, and our graphic designer left
at least some of the cover at least somewhat light, but then
the damn thing got laminated. Mm, stays nice and clean.
Clean shmeen, I say. What if someone wants to write his
name on it? As a technical writer I believe that
aesthetics should always accommodate themselves to usability,
but this is where I turn to you folks: Does it happen much
that people, or companies, like to be able to sign or stamp
the cover of a manual?

Mark L. Levinson - markl -at- gilian -dot- com - Herzlia, Israel

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