Re: Press this, or just Press

Subject: Re: Press this, or just Press
From: "Kathleen MacDowell" <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
To: "Mike Starr" <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2007 16:33:40 -0600

There are situations when that might be called for, and I certainly wouldn't
hesitate to do it if I thought it would make a difference. This isn't one of
them. Even if it were, there's a bit of a time crunch.


On 3/4/07, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> wrote:
>
> And sometimes when the company style guide imposes arbitrary limitations
> that were created without anticipating situations like you describe I
> don't
> hesitate to ignore the style guide and create a document that actually
> serves the user instead of conforming to a standard that would result in a
> crappy and difficult-to-maintain document. But then again, I've never been
> afraid to get fired over resisting stupidity.
>
> However, for those less secure in their career, why not take the content
> and
> create an alternative version of a couple pages as a proof-of-concept?
>
> Mike
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> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Kathleen MacDowell" <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
> > Subject: Re: Press this, or just Press
> >
> > I didn't send out the original question, I just sent a comment.
> >
> > Right now I'm writing a user's guide for a universal remote with a touch
> > screen and hard buttons. The remote controls up to 10 devices. So it
> does
> > have a GUI, but lots of different screens. Often, both the buttons and
> > touch-screen keys are used to accomplish a task. It can be complex.
> >
> > We don't know that the materials we're producing will be translated, but
> > the decision was made to set them up as if they would be. I didn't make
> > the
> > decision and generally prefer to have the information in the figure. But
> > there are trade-offs, such as having an overly busy figure/multiple
> > figures. There are alternative approaches that would make layout easier,
> > such as inline figures, but the company templates don't allow for that.
> > Finally, most of the products in the line I'm working on are fairly
> small
> > (3
> > x 5 in.), and the installation materials are in an A5 layout, so the
> > figures
> > can't have too much content.
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