Re: User's Manuals vs. User's Guide

Subject: Re: User's Manuals vs. User's Guide
From: jmoser -at- lexmark -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 09:15:42 -0400

Okay, here goes . . . (tongue firmly planted in cheek)

"Manual" comes from the Latin manus, relating to the hand. "Guide" can be traced
back to the Middle English word giden, which means leader, or one who points the

So . . . if you're a real stickler on this point, I'd say that if your document
is not in print (i.e. you can't hold it in your hand) then don't use "manual".
Otherwise, it doesn't really matter.

BTW, I don't really take myself this seriously . . . no, really . . . I mean it!


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