Winning example of the Worst-Technical-Writing ...

Subject: Winning example of the Worst-Technical-Writing ...
From: Gwen Barnes <gwen -dot- barnes -at- MUSTANG -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 1996 22:09:24 GMT

-> The winning entry of COREComm's Worst-Technical-Communication-
-> Sample-of-the-Month Contest was a classic submitted by Sue Gallagher.

-> The following instruction appeared in almost every set of steps in a manual
-> I rewrote:

-> 1. Type the field name Name in the Field Name field.
-> ---------------------------------------------------------

I unearthed this gem in one of our own manuals, written by a colleague
who has since gone on to pursue opportunities elsewhere ... It's a
manual for a programming language, and this is one of the code examples
that illustrates the use of some command or other:

KeepGoing = InputYesNo("Display large lumps at a time? ")
While Not(EOF(1))
Ctr = Ctr + 1
Rem Check every so often if large lumps displayed
If (KeepGoing) And (Ctr > MaxCtr) Then

etc. etc. etc.

The question going around the office today is whether or not this
example of how to display a text file to the console with or without
pauses would violate the new "Communication Decency" legislation :)

Cheers, 805-873-2500
Gwen gwen -dot- barnes -at- mustang -dot- com
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