RE: pictures, words, info, glyphs, symbols, thoughts

Subject: RE: pictures, words, info, glyphs, symbols, thoughts
From: letoured -at- together -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 11:07:33 -0400

In <000401c22c6f$f9ebb000$e3245c18 -at- BILLSWALLOW>, on 07/15/02
at 10:24 PM, "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com> said:

>Wow, I'm surprised it took someone this long to take my post completely out
>of context. Now all we need is someone to bring up Hitler and the Fascist
>Regime and so we can officially say the point is dead. *LOL*

I didn't take your post out of context. In the part of the post you snipped,
you said pictures were better. I gave an example and asked if it would work.

>::: So, showing pictures of a saw, hammer, nails, a wooden
>::: fence and another on
>::: making a fence -- at the local hardware store, will get you
>::: what is need to go
>::: home and build one -- right?

>Um, no. But thanks for twisting my words around to make your point sound
>better. *lol* (Can you tell I've had it with list politics as of late?)

>Like the written word, the composition needs to have a purpose suitable to
>the medium. I highly doubt you'd be able to completely talk someone
>completely unfamiliar with carpentry through the fence-building process
>without illustrations either. I think in either extreme scenario you'd see
>failure more than success.

So are you back tracking on the idea that pictures are better, or are you
telling us the people you see in the hardware store would have no
understanding of carpentry?

>::: Only the most simple of information can be conveyed with
>::: pictures. -- As
>::: someone who has taught blueprint reading, I assure it
>::: cannot be done without using many, many words.

>Ah, blueprints. How I miss them. No, really. The only part about studying
>architecture I loathed was the math. Makes sense I switched to tech writing.

>Right. Words AND pictures. Go figure... I smell a pattern, but why stop

>::: Okay. Lets test the idea. Draw me pictures of how to make 6
>::: year old go to
>::: bed, or to make her share a bag of jelly beans with her
>::: brother. No words allowed.

>You find me ANYTHING that accomplishes that and I'll pay you handsomely!

>::: Or lets, make it simple; I have experience in power plant
>::: management, operations, maintenance, safety, training,
>::: engineering, design and
>::: writing -- draw me a picture that conveys that better then
>::: a synopsis.

>Why would you want a picture that sums it up? It's not the appropriate medium
>for the information. That's been my point all along. Have you been paying
>attention to my words, or should I draw you a picture? *ROFLMAO*

I've paid attention. You said pictures could convey concepts better then
words. -- I was just pointing out that its not true. They work together, but
neither by itself is adequate.

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