Re: "They don't need no stinkin' documentation..."

Subject: Re: "They don't need no stinkin' documentation..."
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 23:28:49 -0800 (PST)

"Bruce Byfield" wrote...

> As for priorities, I think I'll evoke the Universal Panacea for this
> list: it depends on the audience. If you're writing for stone techies,
> then you can get away with poor design. You're writing for a highly
> motivated audience who will expend the effort needed to overcome your
> shortcomings. I mean, people who will endure man pages will endure
> anything :-)

Yeah, but the "it depends" argument falls off at a base level. If you
don't have your content ducks in a row, it doesn't matter if you're
documenting pulsars for Stephen Hawking or Pokemon diapers for illiterate
crackheads. The part that truly matters is the information. Everything
else is dressing. It might be important dressing - but it can never
overtake the value of the information.

Andrew Plato

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