Re: Using Humor Judiciously

Subject: Re: Using Humor Judiciously
From: Jack DeLand <adamchar -at- CHAMBER -dot- ANN-ARBOR -dot- MI -dot- US>
Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 16:21:32 -0400

So the farmer says to the chicken, not with my wife you don't!
Oh... wait a minute. Nope. nope. nope I think it's inappropriate.
However, I have worked on Army manuals (M1A1 Abrams, thank yew very much) in
which one inserted a line drawing of a very very large busted lady to GRAB
the soldier's attention. I swear to Iacocca it's true.
At 01:54 PM 5/20/96 PDT, you wrote:
>I'd be interested in hearing comments from anyone
>about judicious use of humor in documentation
>or books. In the projects my wife and I have
>done for IDG Books and for another publisher,
>humor has been a big factor. That's obvious
>for the Dummies books--it's what makes them sell.
>However, even in this other project that's not
>part of a series, the publishers are really
>pushing for heavy loads of humor. Not a problem,
>but it's kind of interesting and makes it
>much more enjoyable to write.

>I know I'd rather have some humor in a book I
>buy, but wouldn't want it in the "documentation"
>for a product. What do the rest of you think?

>Eric

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