Re: Ig Nobel documentation

Subject: Re: Ig Nobel documentation
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:24:52 -0700

If you're referring to printed matter intended to provide
instructions for end users, has been for some time, superseded by
printed matter intended to provide legal CYA for product liability.
Consumer products that contain tech have largely moved to embedded
help.

Behind the scenes and "under the hood," tech writing is alive and
well. My current computer came with a single glossy "Getting Started"
card and a pile of safety notices, but when I went looking on the
manufacturer's website I was able to download the 70+ page service
manual, an old-fashioned "book" PDF complete with a cover and a TOC.

I'm presently working on a Preventive Maintenance manual for a
semiconductor fab tool. 600+ pages. The Operator Manual for the same
tool is 280+ pages.

One thing that does seem to be dead and buried everywhere I've been
for years now is indexing. With most docs going to PDF or web only
delivery, Acrobat search seems to have taken the place of an index for
a lot of documentation. I wonder how long it will be before the
bookmarks pane kills the TOC.

Gene Kim-Eng


On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 5:28 AM Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:
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> Traditional tech writing is now fully obsolete
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Ig Nobel documentation: From: Sion Lane
Re: Ig Nobel documentation: From: Peter Neilson

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