Humor in manuals

Subject: Humor in manuals
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <nosnivel -at- NETVISION -dot- NET -dot- IL>
Date: Tue, 21 May 1996 21:52:44 +0300

One of the old 64K computers that came with programs on tape cassette
had a manual saying something like... "Yes, it's just like audiotape.
Perhaps you're wondering if you could listen to it. Go ahead. It
sounds like meaningless buzzing. The computer can understand it,
though you can't. Or if you can, then you are a mutant and you
will go far in computing."

I liked the humor, but it was in a context that is read only once,
and not when the user is under pressure. By and large I agree that
humor is for third-party books, not for the books that serve as a
product's bible.

- Mark L. Levinson - nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il - Herzlia, Israel -
"You can't judge right by looking at the wrong." - Willie Dixon

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