Re: Using Humor Judiciously

Subject: Re: Using Humor Judiciously
From: Martyn Thirlway <thirlwaym -at- USOFT -dot- NL>
Date: Tue, 21 May 1996 11:23:00 PDT

Eric asked:

|I'd be interested in hearing comments from anyone
|about judicious use of humor in documentation
|or books.

I hate humour in technical and user manuals - I usually don't find it funny,
and I think it destroys the writer's credibility. When I open an instruction
book, I want instructions, not attempts at entertainment. One example from a
speech software package was "The Librarian. Yes, we know it sounds like
Conan the Barbarian, but..." Or how about "Pull up a screen and follow..."
And what happens in translation? A translator has a bad day, and bingo -
complete nonsense!

Martyn Thirlway
thirlwaym -at- usoft -dot- nl

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