RE: Minimalist or low-level?

Subject: RE: Minimalist or low-level?
From: "Steve Hudson" <cruddy -at- optushome -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 22:13:18 +1100

Much ROFLing at a beautiful style, but still, I must protest heartily at the
following claims:

> The reason most of us read the manual

is to look productive when the big bosses walk past OR sound authorative
when talking about anything remotely connected with the book. Otherwise we
consult the online help... <snicker>

> Didn't Dante put vague procedure writers in the second or third circle of

The second so as to misdirect the rest of the way into going deeper as a
good thing. Mind you, the MS writers (poor Paul) are consigned to the 9th
level, being close to the dark one himself - but we digress.

> Be creatively redundant. Remember the reader
most likely has their mind on several other things while they are reading
your manual.

Ding ding ding ding ding. Disagree. Hyperlinks (cross-references or whatever
you care) baby, and nothing else. When said function gets updated, are you
going to visit ONE place, or try and remember which 10? Or was it 11? Damn!
Let alone experienced users can avoid the x-ref if they know it intimately,
leaving them with the gritty bits. Encapsulate and link.

Steve Hudson - Word Heretic, Sydney, Australia
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