Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides

Subject: Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Erik Hare <wabbitoid47 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 13:36:38 -0400

On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 1:35 PM, voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

>
>
> On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM, Erik Hare <wabbitoid47 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Robert Lauriston wrote:
>>
>> > Actual usage of "automagical' seems to be "automatic" with the
>> > implication that the speaker is impressed that it works but doesn't
>> > know how, or, when used ironically, knows how it works but can't be
>> > bothered to explain. I don't see that either would ever be
>> > appropriate in formal writing.
>>
>> I wouldn't use it in an instruction manual, for example. But in a
>> magazine article it could be useful to describe the attitude of people
>> involved. Ideally, the speaker isn't a significant player in that writing,
>> formal or not, so to infer that the disconnect between the technology and
>> its users is the writer's affliction implies a larger problem with the
>> piece, IMHO.
>>
>> I think that the attitude implied by "automagical" is abhorrent,
>> absolutely, but it's still a very common problem. I like having a word to
>> describe it.
>>
>> Erik Hare
>>
>>
> I think that "automagical" belongs in the same dictionary that includes
> "edumactaion," "crumulent," and "embiggens". Good for dialogue on "The
> Simpsons" or a snarky article, but not for something that purports to be
> written in "proper English."
>
> -Wendy


and of course, it's "edumacation" - the spell checker was useless for that
word.

-Wendy
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.
http://www.doctohelp.com/SuperPages/Webcasts/

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control! http://www.helpandmanual.com/

---
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40web.techwr-l.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:
http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/listinfo/techwr-l-chat


Follow-Ups:

References:
Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: Erik Hare
Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides: From: voxwoman

Previous by Author: Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides
Next by Author: Re: Have We Entered a Post-Literate Technological Age?
Previous by Thread: Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides
Next by Thread: Re: Examples of Great Software/Web-based User Guides


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads