Re: Minimal Contents of a Operation/User Manual
I'd say that an adequate user manual contains enough information to allow the intended user to use the functions of the device. (The distinction between "adequate" and "superior", for me, has to do with how the material is organized and whether it's presented in a form that's easily absorbed and used.) So I would ask three questions to determine whether a given user manual is adequate:
1. Who is the intended user? That is, what skills and knowledge is the user expected to bring to the task? (A user manual intended for a skilled machinist will necessarily be different from one intended for an unskilled novice, for example. If you can assume the user has certain skills and knowledge already, you won't need to explain certain things.)
2. What are the functions of the device?
3. Does the manual adequately explain, to the target user, how to use those functions? If not, I would say it's not adequate.
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Re: Minimal Contents of a Operation/User Manual: From: Jeanne A. E. DeVoto
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