Minimalist Document Design

Subject: Minimalist Document Design
From: Janie Bergen <BERGEN -at- UNTVAX -dot- BITNET>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1993 23:40:51 -0600

Hi, all..

We have a couple of good threads going now, but I'd like to add one
more. I'm reading R.John Brockmann's book, Writing Better Computer
User Documentation, and specifically the section on minimalist
document design. The design, as he defines it, "slashed 75% of the
pages by cutting previews, reviews, index, practice exercises. . ."
etc. and "left procedural details deliberately incomplete to encourage
learner exploration. . ." This type of design seems to go against
all the principles I was taught. Do many of you technical writers
use this design? Can anyone cite some examples that I might look


Janie Bergen

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