Re: Redundancy & obscurity patrol

Subject: Re: Redundancy & obscurity patrol
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996 10:05:46 -0800

Mike Huber complains about enumerated lists that are preceded by
an intro giving the number. I have three objections to this:

1. The numbers prepare the reader for the number of items that follow.
This helps them digest the information, and keeps them looking for
the final items, even if they are obscured by length or formatting.

2. In the event that the number of items in the introduction differs
from that in the list, the reader is at least warned of the sloppy,
unedited nature of the documentation, which, while reflecting poorly
on the publisher, at least allows the reader to adopt a proper level
of skepticism.

-- Robert


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