Re: Boring documentation?

Subject: Re: Boring documentation?
From: "David Loveless" <daveloveless -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Janice Gelb" <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 13:13:00 -0700

I agree with that, and I hope I'm not saying that there is a one size
fits all answer. There's not.

As I said in my previous post:

>If the determiner here is ability to market and sell our writing
(this, of course, >depends on your industry), I'd say the "For
Dummies" books are kicking the trash >out of most of us whether we
like the style or not.
>However, Time and a Place for everything. And for everyone.

Each field does require and has their own style and manner of writing
that fits them.

However, I am trying to say that we all could learn something from
books like the "For Dummies" series. At the very least, we could spend
the time to find out why so many people use those books. I don't know
about you, but I'd love to have the readership rate that they have.
Imagine, technical documents so well done that the masses actually buy
them and use them.

On another note, if our manuals are not being used or are seen as a
last resort, what is our value? I don't want to be option F when my
annual review comes around.


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