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> I'm currently in my first consumer-product gig in a verrry long time.
> The model
> here is:
> Startup dialog opens on power-up.
> First instruction appears on the display.
> When user makes a selection the second dialog opens.
> Second instruction appears on the display.
> Etc., etc., etc.
> We write the instructions and create the graphics and anumations that
> the system
> displays. No printed or CD manual other than a brief startup guide
> that walks
> the customer through the steps needed to get the unit out of the box
> and plugged
> The behind-the-scenes documentation required to produce this
> minimalist customer instruction in over 20 languages is a bigger job
> than any
> user manual I've ever written.
Excellent bang waka applause akaw
That's a wizard-like interface and a self-documenting one (as wizards
I don't do consumer-level products. But I've more than once pointed out
that if the GUI were more self-explanatory, users wouldn't have to refer
to a help page to understand what they're looking at and what to do
next. Of course, I offer recommendations for making that happen. Often,
they're even implemented. :-)
Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
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rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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