|Re: HP Marketing and User Manuals|
Message #11 Posted by Karl Schneider on 19 Dec 2006, 9:45 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Grant Henson
An interesting-to-read post!
The florid language and verbal license from the HP-67/97 manual of 1976 may have been just a phase.
The HP-35 manual from 1972 was fairly austere and definitely no-nonsense.
The HP-41C manual from 1979 was detailed and also quite professional, with some mild artistic license in the form of photographs at the beginning of chapters that related to the topic. (These were not carried over to the redesigned and non-spiralbound HP-41CX manuals of 1983.)
The HP-34C manual from 1979 was perhaps the finest calculator manual H-P ever produced, in terms of depth of content to the capability of the calculator. Thick, spiral-bound pages lithographed in three colors, too!
The Voyager-series manuals from 1981-82 were also highly impressive, particularly those for the HP-11C, HP-12C, and HP-15C. Supplementary books of equal quality were available, and the Owner's Handbooks were expertly translated into German, French, and Portugese.
Here's one of my archived posts: