On-line help in PDF?

Subject: On-line help in PDF?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 10:04:06 -0800

John Wilcox <jwilcox -at- tcsi -dot- com> wrote:

>I'm going to be moving our on-line help from FrameViewer to
something else. Has
>anyone here been involved in doing a help system in PDF? I'd
sure like to hear
>how successful it was, what problems you encountered, and any
advice you have.

Used well, PDF is an excellent choice for on-line help. It gives
you more control over design than the alternatives, and makes
single-sourcing easier. You might even want to contact Adobe
about incorporating Acrobat Reader into the program you're
providing the help for: if I remember, the licence for doing so
is very modest (about $100?).

To get full benefits, the most important thing to remember is:
write to on-line standards. On-line help reads much better on
paper than paper documentation reads on-line.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
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