Re: Graphics vs. Schematics

Subject: Re: Graphics vs. Schematics
From: Tom Johnson <johnsont -at- FREEWAY -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 12:16:36 -0500

Christine Lienhart wrote:
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> So, do you think it would it be wise to switch to photos? Would it help
> to have a schematic alongside the photo? Is it better to have only
> photos or only schematics to avoid confusion? Which is more comfortable
> for the user?
> I'd appreciate any input!
> Christine

Have you considered line art? A schematic is highly conceptual. A
photograph has a lot of extraneous information. With a line drawing you
can add callouts and include just enough detail so the reader recognizes
necessary landmarks to plug cables in the right places. In short, a line
drawing can add a lot of clarity that is missing in either a schematic
or a photograph. It may take a little longer, but it is usually worth
the effort. And, let me add, it can be a lot of fun.
Tom Johnson
Technical Writer

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