I have a question and I need the advice of veteran tech writers.
I'm starting to write a reference-based user manual for a quite large LIMS application. And there are actually many fields in each screen some of which are very obvious (Date of birth). Do I need to document ever single field & its use despite how obvious it is. or should I only document the fields that are new or different based on the audience's general knowledge?
I was thinking of creating a section where I collect all the common fields that are found throughout the system to avoid needing to constantly describe obvious terms, would that be better or not for a user manual.
Thank a lot for the help!