Re: Document layout: Whose decision?
I am curious:I have, on occasion, uttered those very words. Although,
To what extent is it your decision as the tech
writer/tech writing department how to lay out manuals,
and to what extent is it the programmers' decision?
My feeling is that, I don't tell them how to program;
they don't tell me how to lay out documents. But I am
willing to listen to *your* feedback. (Since you are
fellow tech writers.)
truth be told, I also had words with that programmer
about his examples, but I digress. ;-)
My suggestion -- one that I've used successfully and
have suggested before -- is to accumulate hard research
that supports your position. For this particular issue,
you'll find plenty -- readability studies, popular
cognitive science articles, ... . Photocopy STC Journal
articles, print Web articles, ... . Accumulate a good-
sized stack of paper. Hand it to the programmer and say,
"This is the research on which we've based
these decisions. I'll be more than happy
to continue our discussion once you've
Be sure to walk away or otherwise divert your attention
before he has a chance to close his mouth! ;-)
Attitude, hon. It's all in the attitude. ;-)
susanwg -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com
Develop HTML-Based Help with Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 ($100 STC Discount)
**WEST COAST LOCATIONS** San Jose (Mar 1-2), San Francisco (Apr 16-17)
http://www.weisner.com/training/dreamweaver_help.htm or 800-646-9989.
Sponsored by ForeFront, Inc., maker of ForeHelp Help authoring tools
for print, WinHelp, HTML Help, JavaHelp, and cross-platform InterHelp
See www.forehelp.com for more information and free evaluation downloads
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.
Previous by Author:
RE: Documentation Proposals
Next by Author: Re: Document layout: Whose decision?
Previous by Thread: RE: Document layout: Whose decision?
Next by Thread: Re: Document layout: Whose decision?
Search our Technical Writing Archives & Magazine