Comics - when to use

Subject: Comics - when to use
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 1995 12:31:19 +0800

Hello all. I've been following with interest the discussion on comics.

What do you think are guidelines for deciding when to use comics, or
more broadly, high-graphics-low-text vs. low-graphics-high-text?

A couple of obvious ones are:

- readers' education level
- manual tasks involving objects (vs. type on keyboard, read off screen)

My audience includes operators, administrators and managers in Unix
data centres. The products are system administration software. Nearly
all my graphics are screen dumps; the rest are diagrams to explain
unfamiliar concepts.

I can't see an obvious use for comics here, but that could just be me
(good with words, bad with pictures). Any ideas?

Stuart Burnfield I don't plant taters, I don't pick cotton.
Voice: +61 9 328 8288 I'm a technical writer.
PO Box 192 Leederville
Western Australia 6903

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