On Tue, 2007-03-20 at 16:11 -0400, Jason Taylor wrote:
I agree with the points/arguments made with the caveat that most
are visually oriented types, especially non-technical users. They aren't
interested necessarily in reading through a paragraph of text where if
they look at a picture with the information they need they are happy.
What you are describing is more like a diagram.
Just a plain screenshot is as uninformative as staring at the actual
Now, if that screenshot is covered in arrows and numbers and such that
*provide additional meaning*, then, that is a diagram. :) I agree that
a good diagram can replace many lines of text, and do it much better.
Diagrams are also a hassle to translate, etc., but they are worth it.
If we can keep most of them in SVG format (such as from Inkscape), then
translating them is relatively easy (strings can be extracted,
translated, and reinserted during rasterizing.)
I agree with you but that doesn't necessarily make it the right
do, I would personally lean more toward a use them *sparingly*, which is
to say, use them only if for some reason you can't concisely describe
with text what you are trying to accomplish, and that would be where
editing/peer-review comes in?
Well, yes, in fact, I think that is a good/the common practice. Use
So, not a blanket rule. A guideline. When tempted to use a screenshot,
be sure that it is the best way to convey the information.
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