Microsoft is the master, but many, many programmers and software development companies are guilty. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had the most meaningless error messages pop up on my computer screen.
What set me off this morning? A client sent me a Word file. A simple, one-page Word file. I double-clicked it.
When the file opened, it opened with an error message: The dimensions after resizing are too small or too large.
Huh? What does that mean? Does anyone have a clue? How could a programmer think that could possibly be a helpful or informative error message? Even if I had any idea what dimensions are being referred to, I don’t know if they’re too small, or if they’re too large.
Whoever wrote that error message needs to be smacked upside the head with a clue bat. And then promptly fired and banned from software development for the remainder of his natural life.