AW: Use of Photos in Documentation

Subject: AW: Use of Photos in Documentation
From: Shea Michael EXT <Michael -dot- Shea -dot- extern -at- icn -dot- siemens -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 09:27:06 +0100

Chiming in late here, but you could use drawings.

I would avoid something that looks too cartoony. If you can't sketch yourself, hire someone who can. This has a couple of advantages.

1. Because it is a drawing, you can make drawing as race and gender neutral as possible. Maybe you can find some clip art.

2. Photos contains an overabundance of data. I have been told to avoid photos altogether in technical documentation, because the level of detail presented in a photo distracts from the features you want to emphasize.

3. Drawings can't sue you. Only the artist can do that.

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> >Are there any legalities to using photos (of people) in documentation? The
> >software that I am documenting is one which facilitates the processing of
> >police lineups (mugshots, etc.) In order to "showcase" the software, we want
> >to show the photos, to show their great quality.

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