Department of Redundancy Department

Subject: Department of Redundancy Department
From: "Sam Beard" <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:30:16 -0500


I'm revising a manual from before my time here, making some fairly
minor edits. However, I ALWAYS review the manuals I'm revising here,
reading them word for word, and I usually, if not always, catch some
sort of error that wasn't in the set of redlines handed to me. Take this
gem, for example:

Plug the external desktop power supply cord of the voltage-specific
external desk-top power supply supplied with the autosampler into the
power connector located on the autosampler back panel.

Now, this was step 1 of a four step process on plugging in an
autosampler and connecting it to the main unit, in a section called
Establishing External Connections. Right before this was a Warning and a
Caution about using the supplied power supply. While not technically an
error, isn't this a WONDERFUL example of technical writing?!

Samuel I. Beard, Jr.

Technical Writer

OI Analytical

979 690-1711 Ext. 222

sbeard -at- oico -dot- com


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