Our group had edited our paper on Technical Instructions based on the suggestions that we have received from the Usability Test.
On the title, we decided to further narrow down our target audience because just like what the Beta Group had said pertaining to our paper, the topic we want to use is still too broad and will most likely take up more time than what is allotted to us. Thus, we changed our title from ‘How to Use Twitter’ to ‘Twitter for Beginners’.
Because we focused on first-time users of Twitter, it was also necessary for us to delete some of the more advanced topics and discussions such as the editing of a Twitter profile and navigating the settings.
We have also been informed that our target audience was not specified on the introduction of our first draft so on our final draft, we changed that and made sure that all background information is on the introduction.
As much as possible, we tried to use more imperative and future tense in our instructions because we found out that it’s easier for the readers to follow the instruction it is simple and direct. We also placed explanations on why the audience must do a certain step in our instructions. We added that because it is part of the checklist in the Usability Test Form.
We have also checked our grammar and the flow of words to make sure that it is easy for everyone to read and understand. No one wants to read a document that is full of grammatical errors. We know that no matter how excellent our instructions and tips are if the manner of presentation is poor, the reader will most likely give up on the document from just the first paragraph.
There was also some issue with the format as pointed out by the Beta Group. Upon inspection, we noticed that they were right in saying that the format was confusing. We have forgotten to set the whole document in just one font style and to make the headings were all in the same font size. We corrected that in our final draft because the format of our first draft will most likely confuse the reader on where the subheadings are or why the instruction in certain parts are in different font size and style from the rest of the document.