Poor (thus, humorous) instructions

Subject: Poor (thus, humorous) instructions
From: Laurie Rubin <lmr -at- SYL -dot- NJ -dot- NEC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 1995 15:22:08 -0400

I was flipping through a newly updated American software product's user guide
that is intended for an
audience of software testers. I was flipping through the pages when
the following instruction conjured up a hilarious image of someone
literally following the directions:
"...press the Ctrl and F5 keys at the same time and then lift them up."

I could see the user press the keys, then physically lift the keys up and off
their little pegs, and wonder how that action is going to help them do the
operation on the screen. Plus, the action doesn't say what to do with the
keys once they are lifted up!

There is something to be said about testing all procedures in a document,
or at least have someone else carefully read the guide!

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