Re: Worst manuals winners

Subject: Re: Worst manuals winners
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:53:41 -0700

Interesting site! Two comments:

1) Once again I breathe a sigh of relief that nothing *I* wrote was
chosen! :)

2) With the possible exception of the chess set, all of these simply seem
to marred primarily by obviously bad translation. Kind of along the same
lines as the Web pages devoted to unintentionally funny translated
advertising slogans...

To me the worst kind of tech writing is exemplified in instructions like

- First, insert Tab A into Slot B
- But before you do that, make sure that you...

This sort of faux pas actually happens, and the results can range from
funny/frustrating to flat-out life-threatening!

Okay, back to work. Now where the hell is Slot B?

Keith Cronin
Somewhere it's already after 5:00 right now. Why aren't I there?

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