Re: Stupendously learned user

Subject: Re: Stupendously learned user
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 11:39:41 +0800

This sort of context is so important. It's often overlooked because the
person providing the information is so immersed in the context that they
can't picture what it would be like not to have it.

The contextual intro helps not just the person who needs to read the
following material, but also people who *don't* need to read it.

"This chapter contains worked examples of programming XML applications
in a Linux environment. It is suitable for Java programmers with some
knowledge of XYZ who need to learn how to program XML applications in
the following scenarios..."

This sort of intro would help readers not to waste time--for example:
- tech writers who want to know if they could use XML in their
publishing environment
- an XML application programmer who's looking for a programming
reference, but not a tutorial)


Nancy Allison said:
> I had asked the engineer for simple introductory statements to
> provide the missing context for the dense segments of programming
> that followed. In the effort to convey what such a statement
> might be like, I used those comparisons.

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