RE: Do people want a hard copy of the owners' manual for their car?

Subject: RE: Do people want a hard copy of the owners' manual for their car?
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:46:02 -0400


Peter Nielson wrote:

> Fred Ridder wrote:
> >> Oh, man. Something is wrong with my car, and I'm probably in a rush, and I'm trying to find out if I can fix it . . . the LAST thing I would want to have to do is fire up the laptop to locate some online document somewhere.
> >> Next generation cars will open the manual for you on the on-board computer.
> >
> >
> > Unless it's the electrical system that is causing problems...
>
> From a tech-writing perspective, we all know that most manuals have
> errors, or merely insufficient information to solve the problem at hand.
> I personally like to make notes on the pages, add pointers to other
> pages, occasionally construct sort of an index. I'll do that on the CD,
> right, little scrawls with a Sharpie pen, while I have grease on my hands?


My point was much simpler than yours, and had nothing to do with the *quality* of the information. If a car's documentation is only provided electronically in an on-board computer, you would be completely cut off from *all* of the information--be it good, bad, or irrelevant--if there is an electical or electronic malfunction. You won't even have a number to call on your mobile phone unless that number is on your key fob.
-Fred Ridder







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References:
Re: Do people want a hard copy of the owners' manual for their car?: From: Nancy Allison
RE: Do people want a hard copy of the owners' manual for their car?: From: Fred Ridder
Re: Do people want a hard copy of the owners' manual for their car?: From: Peter Neilson

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