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September 13th, 2012:

Occupational Hazard

Wanna know something that’s really annoying to technical writers/editors? (besides Chinese food menus – actually, those aren’t annoying – they’re just amusing)

Bad forms.

When I have to fill out a form either on paper or online for school, Scouts, sports – anything – there is nothing more annoying than a bad form.

A form that was clearly created by someone with the last name of Smith who lives in Ead. Not someone with the last name Boedigheimer who lives in Colorado Springs.

A form that was clearly created by someone who doesn’t know the difference between a radio button and a check box.

A form that was clearly created by someone who doesn’t know the difference between multiple continuous returns and paragraph spacing.

A form that was clearly created by someone who doesn’t know the difference between pressing Tab 5 times and setting a left margin.

My new money-making scheme? I’m going to contact all these people who send me a stupid form and offer my services. For $XXX I will create an awesome usable understandable form for you that will make you look like an actual professional┬árunning an actual company rather than look like a Tweener typing stuff in his basement.