Re: Insert --> Arrow --> For Action.

Subject: Re: Insert --> Arrow --> For Action.
From: "Hutchings, Christa" <cwhutchings -at- HOMEWIRELESS -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 14:42:52 -0400

I tried something similar in a manual once, but used angle brackets
instead of arrows (Insert > Arrow > For Action).

To my great surprise, the reviewers (electrical and software engineers)
were initially confused by it and requested that I change it to another
format (which unfortunately took up more real estate in my document).

Funny thing was, the draft document also went to our training group to
use for developing training materials, and they kept the angle brackets.
They had no problem understanding the angle brackets, and neither did
the customers who came in for training.

Chris Welch-Hutchings
Senior Technical Writer
Home Wireless Networks, Inc.
mailto:cwhutchings -at- homewireless -dot- com




One of the writers in our department has suggested that we use an arrow
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symbol in our procedures to guide users through menus and commands. =20

EXAMPLE
Instead of writing...
1. From the File menu, choose New, and then choose Mail Message

We would write...
1. File --> New --> Mail Message.

Our audience is system administrators and other techie types, however in
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a year or so, we estimate that our audience will become more mainstream.
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I don't think that a system administrator would be terribly confused by
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the arrows, and perhaps they are more efficient after the user of the =
document becomes familiar with them. However, the arrows seem awkward =
to me.

Does anyone know of usability studies on this subject? What are your =
experiences (specifically with more advanced, computer-savvy users)?

Thanks,
Holly

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Holly Turner
Technical Writer

Internet Security Systems, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
http://www.iss.net

Adaptive Network Security for the Enterprise
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