Re: Let us test

Subject: Re: Let us test
From: Kent Newton <KentN -at- METRIX-INC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 13:54:14 -0500

Some questions that popped to mind...

1. What kind of store? Grocery? Hardware? Clothing? In step 2 you
imply a grocery store by mentioning the produce department, but why do I
need to wait until then to learn the information?

2. The illustration was of Iceburg lettuce but the store sold only
Boston Bib lettuce (which looks totally different)? What do I do now?

How about this:

1. Go to the grocery store of your choice.

2. Go to the produce department.

3. Ask the manager of the produce department for a head of lettuce.

4. Purchase the lettuce.

Kent
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Kent Newton
Senior Technical Writer
kentn -at- metrix-inc -dot- com


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>From: Eric J. Ray[SMTP:ejray -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM]
>Sent: Friday, September 06, 1996 1:16 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
>Subject: Re: Let us test

>The response from the other end of the office was:

>1. Go to the store.
>2. Go to produce department.
>3. Buy lettuce, as depicted in Figure 1.

>Note: If the item you selected more closely
> resembles Figure 2 than Figure 1,
> you probably selected cabbage instead
> of lettuce.

><Production: Print figures in color>

>Eric


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>TECHWR-L Listowner




>--- On Fri, 6 Sep 1996 09:05:17 -0700 Wolf Lahti <wduby -at- PACCAR -dot- COM>
>wrote:

>>I know that a lot of folks dislike the very notion of a tech writer's test
>>(e.g., a pencil-owner's manual), but I've come up with what I think is a
>>particularly nasty one:
>>
>> Write the instructions for sending someone to the grocery store to
>> buy a head of iceberg lettuce, with particular emphasis on assuring
>> that they do not come back instead with a head of cabbage (or anything
>> else). Assume the store they go to does not have these vegetables
>> labeled in any way. (Asking a store clerk for help is not an option.)
>>
>>I'd make an evil interviewer }:)
>>
>>=====================================================
>> "I hate quotations!" Wolf Lahti
>> -- Ralph Waldo Emerson Bow, Washington
>>-----------------------------------------------------
>> wduby -at- paccar -dot- com wolf-lahti -at- usa -dot- net
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