RE: Warnings at front of document

Subject: RE: Warnings at front of document
From: "Claire Conant" <Claire -dot- Conant -at- Digeo -dot- com>
To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 14:20:04 -0800

Al Geist wrote:
This thread came at an opportune time as I'm currently reviewing a
manual as part of a proposal for a Technical Writing contract for a
local manufacturing company. The review document has 23 pages of Safety

Information, with most of them actually testing procedures (such as
testing the interlocks) versus warnings. While there are legal reasons
for some of the boilerplate in the front of this manual....23 pages
seems a bit excessive. Basically, it's like saying "Buy our product but

don't open the box. Instead, store it in a warehouse far away from any
life form forever. Don't bother reading any further. If you have a
problem, call our Customer Service hotline. Have a nice day."

Yes, that does seem excessive. One of our hardware manuals has four
pages of small print warnings. Some of the warnings appear to be
mandated by the FCC (since the manual is for a set-top box) and there is
a diagram of antenna grounding. Pretty typical I think for this sort of
guide. I vaguely recall questioning it myself when I first started here
but this thread is making me question it again. Inquiring minds want to
know: WHY? Do we really have to include all that stuff?
Pretty much, though: What Al said.

WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!.

Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Previous by Author: RE: Warnings at front of document
Next by Author: RE: Formality is going bye-bye?
Previous by Thread: Re: Warnings at front of document
Next by Thread: Most annoying word CORRECTION

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads