Figures in User Manuals

Subject: Figures in User Manuals
From: Claire Philpott <claire -dot- philpott -at- alphanova -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 19:10:48 +0200

Dear All,

Please can you provide some advice about the use of figures in User Manuals.

I am writing a User Manual/Reference Guide. The proposed audience for this
guide is mainly business users covering a variety of job functions ranging
in seniority from Customer Service Representatives to Middle Managers. There
are potentially a few 'technical' personnel who will use the manual.

I have been 'asked' to include figures under every screen capture and to
create an index of these figures.

In principle I am against adding figures to a User Manual/Reference Guide. I
feel that Users locate relevant information through a list of task based
entries in an index than through a list of screen shoots.

Am I right in feeling this is more relevant for a technical publication
targeted at a technical audience? Is there a compelling reason why I should
or should not include the figures?


Claire Philpott


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