Hello, is that you?

Today I walked past two women just as they saw each other on a street corner. This is the snippet of conversation I overheard:

A: Hello!
B: Hello, is that you?
A: Yes.

They both thought this was a perfectly sensible exchange, but I had to chuckle as I went out of earshot.

Why can’t our documentation be as directly and succinctly understood? Because we don’t know the subtext for every passerby who comes across one of our pages.

The title of this blog post has a double meaning, because I am writing it from my iPhone while sitting on the bus. Yes, it’s me.

About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 20 November 2008, in bits n bobs, humour, technical writing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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