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(in response to RM "Screen shots have become the new passive
> Surely you are not saying that all screen shots are useless and/or
> inefficient. I generally do not use screen shots, icons, etc. in my
> manuals; however, they have been necessary on occasion. I was recently
> telling the users to click on the "PC with the arrow pointing down
> icon". Huh? The picture was worth a thousand words. ;)
Yes, Kelly... But did you need the picture of the whole
screen? Or would the picture of the icon suit the purpose
as well... Or maybe better???
I pepper my docs liberally with all manner and sorts of
bitmaps, but I resist the urge to slap in an entire
screen where only a piece (or a picture) will do.
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