Re: Respect or no/Manuals by the inch

Subject: Re: Respect or no/Manuals by the inch
From: Dan Martillotti <danm -at- DEV -dot- TIVOLI -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 09:14:27 CDT

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David Somers writes:

> re: manuals by the inch:
> I had a meeting yesterday with my project leader to got through some
> documentation that I'd put together. His main comment 'Its too big;
> reduce the page count in half.'

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While that is somewhat a ridiculous comment (ok, I'm being generous), responding
glibbly, as Robert suggested, would only compound the problem. It sounds like
your project leader already has a lack of respect for you and the job you
perform. Turn the comment around on your project leader. "OK, what do you
think is superfluous and we can talk about removing it or reducing its
presence." This gives you the opportunity to explain what you did and why the
book is "too big."

How about suggesting two books, a quick refernce and a user's guide?

In our books, we removed a lot of unnecessary screen snapshots and reduced
our page count by about 30%. Maybe you have too many graphics?

Just a couple of thoughts.

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