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The "close cover before striking message" can itself be reduced to zero
by redesigning the matchbook cover. If you put the abrasive strip on
the back side, rather than the front, the matchbook cover works as an
effective shield whether you close it or not, thus eliminating the
need for any message at all.
Really good intuitive design eliminates the need for a lot of documentation.
So does less-intuitive design if it's part of a universal standard.
I've never seen a piece of documentation telling the user to raise the
little red flag in his mailbox when he wants the carrier to pick up
Robert Plamondon, High-Tech Technical Writing, Inc.
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