Re: Doc Design and Convention

Subject: Re: Doc Design and Convention
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:26:14 -0800

Exactly. Perhaps you could improve the routing algorithms for a GPS
navigation system by incorporating information on signal
synchronization, but it would be transparent to the user.

I think Chris's perspective on end-user docs reflects his background
as a developer and writing for developers.

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM, Sharon Burton <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com> wrote:
> I think you're conflating something. I think you're confusing tell the users
> about infrastructure with telling them useful information. For example:
>
> The going-to-a-party use case: I want to arrive at the party. (notice this
> is a goal, which generally good use cases are stated as)
>
> * Expert (I know the town and the person throwing the party): The
> information I'm told: The party is at Becky's house. I drive to her house. I
> don't need more info and will resent anyone in the car directing me.
>
> * Intermediate: (I know the town but not the location of the party) The
> information I'm told: The party is at Becky's house. I need cross streets or
> general area to drive towards and then turn by turn to find the house.
>
> * Beginner: (I don't know the town and may or may not know the location of
> the party) The information I'm told: The party is at Becky's house. I need
> to be told every turn and be guided to find the house.
>
> Once you know your audience, you adjust the level of info accordingly. If
> you aren't sure of your audience, you layer the information for each level.
>
> At no level do we need to know how traffic signals are synchronized.
>
> But design documents for creating the product may very well do the
> equivelent of explaining how the traffic signals are synchronized. Because
> that's the infrastructure around which the users are doing what they need to
> do. But the users don't care about that - they have a goal and want to
> achieve that goal.
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References:
Re: Doc Design and Convention: From: Chris Despopoulos
RE: Doc Design and Convention: From: Sharon Burton

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