Re: instructions

Subject: Re: instructions
From: "Tracy Boyington" <tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 13:40:21 -0600

That's kind of a broad statement, isn't it? Do you mean one should write instructions for anything -- electron microscope, laser scalpel, etc. -- at a level that anyone who happens to be interested could understand, whether or not they are actually intended or even able to use the thing? If so, I disagree.

Tracy Boyington tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org
Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education
Stillwater, OK

>>> "Roger L. Boyell" <boyell -at- ieee -dot- org> 01/03/01 07:59AM >>>

Two writers commented on Michelle's original post, to the effect that the Kraft cooking instructions, even if unclear to the children who prepared the dish, were not meant for childeren anyway. Now, that is no excuse. Instructions should be clear to anyone using them, whether or not the user is part of the intended audience.

The naievete of the ten-year-olds shows the instructions to be defective, something that may not have been recognized by an experienced person (i.e. adult). Michelle is correct in her critique of the instructions. Commenters please reconsider.

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