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Subject:Re: Manual vs. Guide From:Stephanie Gibson <sgibson -at- QWIZ -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 25 Aug 1997 09:38:47 -0400
In the last couple of years, the trend seems to be that a User's Guide
is a handy-dandy, concise, easy-to-use manual that has useful
information, above and beyond what's offered in the Quick
Reference/Quick Start Guide. The User's Manual has become a voluminous
book that sits on the shelf and is referred to infrequently.
I actually did a survey of 375 people at my old company and asked
whether they'd prefer 'Guide' or 'Manual' as the name for the book. 95%
of the respondants preferred 'Guide' and offered the same analogy as in
paragraph 1 above.
Michael Clark wrote:
> Greetings folks,
> Other than spelling :-) what are your thoughts on the difference (or lack
> between the use of the term "user guide" and "user manual"?
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