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Oct. 19th, 2006

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Date:October 20th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
How feasible would it be to have diagrammes instead of words? Like, a little U shaped representation of a mouse, with the bit you're supposed to press highlighted. A small image you can use inline in the text.

I've seen these in some linux thingies - particularly the enlightenment window manager, in which if you hover the mouse over a thing, a tooltip pops up to tell you how the thing'll react when you press different buttons.

The advantage of this is that in the common case of the clueless user, it shows precisely what they need to do, and avoids additional definitions, clarifications, etc which would go right over their heads. If you've got additional weird buttons on your mouse, it clearly doesn't mean them.

The only place it falls down is if people have actively changed their own setup - such as the reversed mouse buttons that many left handers (and some right handers). I'm sure that's not the only non-standard mouse setup, and pretty sure that anyone who uses it knows about it :)

Oh - having said all that, I'm presuming these are paper docs? If you're writing docs to be read on-line, maybe they could be dynamic ;)
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