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Simplification and Ease of Access to Hardware Setup Procedures

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114917D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 170K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hiemke, GI: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is method to satisfy customer demands for easy-to-use procedures that enable them to set up a workstation without the help or associated expense of a customer engineer.

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Simplification and Ease of Access to Hardware Setup Procedures

      Disclosed is method to satisfy customer demands for easy-to-use
procedures that enable them to set up a workstation without the help
or associated expense of a customer engineer.

      This invention condenses the typical textual hardware setup
procedures into a simplified pictorial instruction with minimal text.
It reduced six pages of information in a book into a two page
stand-alone document (one 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper), which is
affixed to the outside of the system unit shipping box.

      To facilitate the development, a template was created that
contains the universal steps and the machine-specific instructions.
The standardization of the template reduces the expense of developing
customer documentation and ensures a repeatable, consistent level of
quality, independent of the product or author.

Additional benefits of this invention include:
  o  Quick adaptability to different instruction sets.  The pictorial
      setup template can be easily adapted to new products, resulting
      in a dramatic reduction in the time required to develop
effective
      customer setup documentation.
  o  Immediate access to the documentation that will help the
customer
      quickly and easily transform the separate components of a
      workstation into a functional machine.
  o  A modulated approach to information dispersal.  The discrete
      steps, each en...