Today’s bit of light hearted blogging was inspired by Tom Johnson’s post “Text Matters” which states that text on his blog receives more comments than interactive content. I have a lot of sympathy with this post although I do think that Tom’s basic premise is a little too rigid. Structure and style also play a part. …
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Let me put my cards on the table here. I am a man of a certain age with many years experience in using and producing help files. I hark back fondly to the days when a Table of Contents was the only means of navigating. All my documentation has a Table of Contents and I …
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I am a member of the ISTC, the UK equivalent of the STC. As part of its efforts to entice technical communicators to join it, it asked its members why they were members and what they got out of it. Here is my response. I have a slightly different perspective on the value of ISTC …
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Anyone who has ever dealt with an Estate Agent will know they can learn a lot from us technical communicators. We’ve all come across some of the following phrases in the marketing materials of properties they try to sell us: Charming = Anything but Compact = Small Potential investment = Needs complete rebuild Sea View …
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It's a knockout!

October 27th, 2010 | Posted by The Robocolum(n) in UI Design - (6 Comments)

Yesterday I was talking to one of our Programme Managers when the conversation turned to icons. He said that years ago in a product he was responsible for a Developer had added an icon to the toolbar, similar to the one shown above, to signify a “knockout” function. He laughed when he told me and …
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