RE: How do you read a User Manual

Subject: RE: How do you read a User Manual
From: "Wade Courtney" <courtney -at- hsq -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 14:40:45 -0700


John,

Someone who is new to the application may very well read the manual from
front to back while people familiar with the application will look for
specific topics. I do both, especially when I get a new third party-book
about some app like Photoshop.

So you are both right. One question to ask is the manual a reference manual
like commands and such. In that case I couldn't image reading it like a
novel. I wouldn't organize a book as getting more advance the farther you
get into it, but I would consider organizing each chapter that way if the
circumstances permitted.

The key, so that you can satisfy both types of readers is to have a good
index.

Wade

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