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Chapter 6. Concreteness > Relate unfamiliar information to familiar information

Relate unfamiliar information to familiar information

Comparing the unfamiliar with the familiar makes users feel more comfortable with new information. Again, you need to understand your users to know what information is likely to be familiar and what information is likely to be unfamiliar to them.

Similes and analogies are the explicit description of one thing in terms of another. Words such as like, as, and as if usually introduce similes and analogies. These figures of speech add color and interest as well. Some users, for example, might have difficulty understanding what a database is. But when they read that tables in a database are like folders in a file drawer, they can understand the concept because they have used folders and file drawers.


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