Re: Click X, or click the X button?

Subject: Re: Click X, or click the X button?
From: jennysubs -at- mac -dot- com
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:04:18 -0700

I can see where this would be useful in some contexts.

My audience is people who manage really big switches in really big
data centers--like stock exchanges and wireless carriers. I think
they'd kill me if I put in a picture of every button. Much of the
audience will probably ditch the elegant web-based GUI to use the
command line interface.


Jenny




On Oct 22, 2009, at 4:22 PM, Robert Lauriston wrote: (regarding using
pictures instead of text to describe buttons)

> It slows down users because when the content is cluttered with
> unnecessary images they have to scroll more.
>
> Usually when I see that stuff there's lots of other makework filler.
> At one of my old jobs, one doc shrank from 2000 pages to 130 after we
> switched to a more minimalist approach.
>
> Even if there is some marginal benefit to users, I don't believe that
> it could possibly be enough to justify the extra time the tech writer
> has to spend doing it.

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References:
Click X, or click the X button?: From: jennysubs
RE: Click X, or click the X button?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: Click X, or click the X button?: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Click X, or click the X button?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: Click X, or click the X button?: From: Robert Lauriston

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