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> > From: Bianca Thomas [mailto:bmt -at- icon -dot- co -dot- za]
> > ...editor says I assume too much knowledge on the part of the
> > readers and I must simplify more. I am finding this really
> > hard and am wondering whether any of you have similar problems? How do
> > you deal with them? It is a real struggle for me.
Mike Huber replied:
> I imagine explaining it to one of my children.
> And sometimes, I actually DO explain it to one of my children.
> Then I write down what I said or imagined I said, and rework it to fit the
> style and format of the publication.
In a similar vein, I worked with my 66-year old father as he learned
computers and the internet for the first time this past year. Very
eye-opening! He kept exclaiming things like "This doesn't look like a
desktop to me!" and "Why do they assume I know what XXXX means?"