RE: Documenting the user interface

Subject: RE: Documenting the user interface
From: Peter Sturgeon <prsturgeon -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Jessica Weissman <Jessica -dot- Weissman -at- hillcrestlabs -dot- com>, Gordon -dot- McLean -at- GrahamTechnology -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 09:53:44 -0500 (EST)

I'm a convert, too.

The first UI I documented, in the early '80s, was for people who were
still using paper forms.

So we worked hard to explain every key on the keyboard and every field
on the screen.

I wrote a whole paragraph on cursor keys.

But so many users today have computers, and so many applications behave
similarly--even down to keystrokes for common functions, that documents
can be light and more focused.

Advances in usability have also reduced the need to explain obtuse and
cumbersome UIs.

--- Jessica Weissman <Jessica -dot- Weissman -at- hillcrestlabs -dot- com> wrote:

> I've undergone the same conversion Gordon mentions.

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