This morning when I had my breakfast I noticed that we were running low on bread. As I am out today to work and my wife has planned a trip we needed a solution for the appearance of angry faces of my boys tomorrow morning. My employer gave me a breadmaker for Christmas last year and I have been using it a lot but now the time had come to discover the timer feature. In stead of poking some buttons I decided to actually read the instruction manual. When I had read it I was sadly reminded of the spec writing I sometimes encounter in my job. Have a look:
Now, I wonder, why they didn’t make that last bullet say:
- In this example the difference between finish and start time is 10.00 hours . Set the timer to 10.00 hours.
Is it just me?
There seem to be two variables in the calculation; 3:30 and 6:30. Probably they can vary independently based on menu choices?
From a user’s perspective there are indeed two variables BUT not the ones you point out… The two variable that matter to the user are ‘now’ and ‘when I want my bread to be baked’.
As long as there is time to actually bake the bread within this interval there is no reason to worry about the other two (whatever menu choices are made…) Calculation of the time when the machine should start the baking process is completely irrelevant to the user.
BTW: the bread turned out fine; I just had a slice.
I wholeheartedly agree with you Erno. I was also scratching my head when I read the manual.
BTW: bread also turned out fine and on time; phew.
Wouter van Vugt