Japanese cartoon manuals

Subject: Japanese cartoon manuals
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 17:51:47 -0800

>I doubt it. Japanese companies have been using cutesy-wutesy cartoons
>in their manuals for ages. Not only in end-user-manuals aimed at
>foreign morons, but in their domestic technical manuals aimed at
>professionals.

The Japanese seem to like comics. There's a much greater market for them
among adults than there is in the USA.

Furthermore, while most Japanese professionals are pretty comfortable with
the 1000 most common kanji, a surprisingly large proprtion of them have
difficulty reading complex material. ...RM

Richard Mateosian http://www.c2.org/~srm/ President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro


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