Re: Writing simple procedures

Subject: Re: Writing simple procedures
From: Sally Derrick <sally -at- DEV -dot- TIVOLI -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 4 May 1995 10:33:15 CDT

Glenda Jeffrey writes:

<snip>
> I have a question about this -- at what point is something so
> obvious that you don't want to break it out into two steps?

I think the answer to this question depends on your target
audience. Can you assume that you audience knows how to
use a mouse?

The target audience for my company's docs is system administrators
for large distributed networks. We feel it is a safe assumption
that anyone in that position can handle a mouse. we, therefore,
do not tell them to move the cursor nor do we tell them which
mouse button to click. If I were writing docs for a product
pre-installed on new Macs or PCs, I'd be much more specific
on the instructions. In that environment you could easily
have a user that has never used a mouse (although there are
fewer and fewer of those every day).

Just my $.02. :-)

Sally Derrick
Tivoli Systems Inc
sally -at- tivoli -dot- com


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