Expertise level beginner vs. Denote importance by using contrast, colour, shading, emboldening etc. Work with real users to identify likely key words these can be learned during usability testing. Provide a key word index using the terminology of the user.
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Expertise level beginner vs. Denote importance by using contrast, colour, shading, emboldening etc. Work with real users to identify likely key words these can be learned during usability testing.
Provide a key word index using the terminology of the user. Ensure that the index includes likely synonyms. Provide a glossary of technical terms. Include a genuinely useful trouble-shooting section.
Use colour-coding to aid navigation. Make the quick start guide readily accessible. Avoid unnecessarily cross-referencing to other parts of the user manual.
Avoid duplicate page numbering in multi-language guides better still, avoid multi-language. Clearly display the help-line number. How to give instructions Clearly this is the primary role of the user manual.
It is critical that the instructions are easy to read and are understandable by all users. Many user manuals have instructions that are incomplete, incorrect, or simply have no bearing on the actual product. Here are some guidelines to help make instructions easy on the user.
Provide step-by-step sequences in the correct order. Follow the timing and sequencing of the actual operations. Provide visual stepping stones e. Step 1, Step 2 etc. Avoid lengthy paragraphs. Use everyday words and terms: avoid jargon. Explain what a function or feature is for in basic practical terms as well as "How to" instructions. Check that the instructions match the actual product. Explain symbols, icons and codes early. Avoid creating dead-ends.
Do not assume the user has prior experience or product knowledge. Usability test the instructions alongside the product using naive users not designers or product experts. Write in the present tense and the active voice. Write the steps to task completion while doing the actual task on a real product. Have an independent user then follow the steps literally with the product and check that: It is easy to work through the task from start to finish. It is easy to break out of task and get back in.
It is easy to jump into the user manual half way through a task. How to design individual pages in the user manual In addition to effective instructing, the use of colour, the text and fonts used, and the icons and graphics can all either make for an easy experience or can derail the user.
Here are some suggestions. Ensure that font size is adequate use at least 12 point font. Ensure high text-to-background contrast black on white is best. Use san-serif fonts. Avoid using multiple font styles. Font weight can be used sparingly to denote importance. Use colour coding consistently. Provide plenty of white space between sections and around images and paragraphs.
Provide a section or margins for the users to make their own notes. Use consistent layout from page to page. Avoid using saturated blue for text and small detail, and never use blue on a red background.
How to design the physical manual User manuals are used in many different kinds of environments: they may be used indoors or outdoors, they may be used with good light or with dim light, they may be used in a comfortable and user friendly setting or in an environment that is hostile or even dangerous.
Here are some basic guidelines to ensure your user manual will survive actual use. Ensure that the user manual can lie flat on a work surface when opened. Consider the environment of use and if necessary provide a robust user manual. Consider whether the user needs to hold the user manual and work at the same time. Provide durable covers and pages. Consider whether the user manual needs to resist water, oil, dirt, grease etc. Interested in this topic? Find out more on our 3-day, user experience immersion seminar.
About the author Dr. Philip Hodgson bpusability on Twitter has been a UX researcher for over 25 years. His work has influenced design for the US, European and Asian markets, for everything from banking software and medical devices to store displays, packaging and even baby care products.
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On the one hand, you can aim to create a user guide for an average user, as a rule, for the one using your program for the first time. On the contrary, your user instruction manual can be designed especially for those who have already had experience using your software but still may encounter unexpected issues. For example, for those who have been using your program for a year but now do not know how to export a file in the updated version, you can use already established terms of your interface to create a user guide. Overall, you need to know how to create a how-to guide which will not only share knowledge but will also be presented in a smooth and coherent style and format. As usual, you can use a formal or semi-formal style of writing. Make an instruction manual template also easy to follow: make sure to structure and align the formatting of all elements, create sections and subsections, highlight essential issues, and use text formatting to emphasize the important parts.
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Here, I explain the trick and simplify the code from the application note. The focus is on an "in-field" firmware update procedure. The LPC microcontroller series is built on the ARM7 core and provides a generous assortment of on-chip peripherals. In-System Programming is an attractive option for in-field firmware update, because the bootloader supports code uploading via an RS The standard way to start ISP is to hold pin P0.