Re: Idiotic Tech Writing Prize

Subject: Re: Idiotic Tech Writing Prize
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:51:18 -0600

From: "John Posada" <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Idiotic Tech Writing Prize

> *********
> CAUTION!! Avoid personal contact with the high-voltage test cable
> CAUTION!! while it is connected to the instrument. Death or
> severe injury is an imminent risk.
> *********
> By the way, how do you disconnect a cable while avoiding personal
> contact with it?

With insulated tools or gloves? I think you knew what they meant. :-)

John Posada


I think maybe "direct contact" would have been preferable.

Also, despite the badly placed warnings, I would hope that as soon as
anybody saw the phrase "high voltage," they would know to proceed with
caution, even if they hadn't read as far as the warnings, but ZI guess
you can't bank on that.

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