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© M. Reber 01/12/12 Why Details Matter in Technical Writing Little things that make a big difference
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Why Do I Insist Details Matter? I’m Anal Retentive? I’m Too Picky? It’s My Personal Opinion? I’m a Hard Teacher? I Want to Make You Miserable? I’m Just Making up Stuff? 2
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The Answer Is… NONE OF THE ABOVE!!! 3
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Details Matter Everywhere! Programming JavaScript Updating Financial Reports Baking a Cake Jumping a Dead Car Battery Preventing Computer Viruses 4
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Programming JavaScript If you leave a “}” or a “=“ out of a script… <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"> <!— function popitup(url) { newwindow=window.open(url,'name','height=200,width=150'); if (window.focus) {newwindow.focus()} return false; } var newwindow = ''; function popitup(url) { // --> </script> 5
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Programming JavaScript (cont.) You might see this… 6
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7 Programming JavaScript (cont.) Instead of this:
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8 Updating Financial Reports If you place decimals incorrectly… 12 . 11 1 . 211 121 . 1 -------------
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Updating Financial Reports (cont.) You might see this… 12 . 11 1 . 211 121 . 1 ------------- 134 . 421 9
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Updating Financial Reports (cont.) Instead of this: 12 . 11 12 . 11 12 . 11 ------------- 36 . 33 10
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Baking a Cake If you add 1 t of baking powder instead of 1 T in a recipe… Amaretto Sponge Cake 11 Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1T baking powder 1 large egg 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 large eggs 1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
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Baking a Cake (cont.) You might get this… 12
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Baking a Cake (cont.) Instead of this: 13
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If you clamp the red (+) cable onto the black (-) post. .. 14
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