RE: Funny Tech Writing

Subject: RE: Funny Tech Writing
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 10:10:50 -0600

> It's the strangest little operator's guide I've ever seen. I just bought
> the watch and got the hard copy of the manual.

That's a great manual - educational AND enjoyable!

But what REALLY surprises me is that it's from Timex. I recently bought a
Timex watch that had HORRIBLE documentation, nothing like this. Instead,
it was a single large slip of paper, folded like Origami to fit in the
box, offering marvelous tips like this:

1. Setting the date:
First turn the watch on, then.....

2. Setting the time:

3. Turning the watch on:

This is not an exaggeration - many steps referred to other steps found
later in the doc, which needed to be done *before* the steps I was
currently working on. It was a mess.

Maybe they got some complaints, and started improving their doc. Or maybe
it's just for a Helix watch, which mine was not. Either way, I'd much
rather read the kind of doc you linked us to.

Keith Cronin

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