Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.

Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and deeper it sinks into the mind.

It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.

Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.

When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

Good advice usually works best when preceded by a bad scare.

Always do right–this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

Distrust interested advice.

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

One's first step in wisdom is to question everything – and one's last is to come to terms with everything.

Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom.

A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.


 

Ask an Expert

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience

Every day we live with the need to communicate. We need to rise above simple translation and see the meaning, when we build a website we need to include everyone (not just the sighted) and when we travel we are faced with challenging physical barriers. I know what it's like and think I have the depth and resources to help others make the right decisions.

Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.

This month, I'd like to answer the following question:

How to make manuals more accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here's how. Come to think of it, there is really not too much that anyone would need to do in order to make their manual more accessible. True it is that you need to first and foremost consider your audience but there are also important things for you to consider and implement and here they are:

  1. Make sure that your manual is written in language that is easy to understand. You need to keep in mind that if your manual is written in the English language, chances are that many of your readers are going to be those whose first language is not English.
  2. If you translate from English to another language, then make sure that your translator's first language is the language that the manual is being translated to. Too many times translators are not properly used. This is a common pitfall.
  3. Make sure that your table of contents is very clear and concise and that chapter headings are easy to find. Same for section headings.
  4. Check your fonts to ensure that they are easy to read.
  5. Make sure that fonts are bold and easy to distinguish.
  6. Make your paragraphs short, your sections compact, and do not overcrowd your pages with too many graphs, images, and writing.
  7. Make headings easy to find and make sure that you provide introductions for each chapter.
  8. Make your manual available not just in print, but also electronically.

This should be a good start for you.

Good luck!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.

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