FW: readme.txt or readme.doc?

Subject: FW: readme.txt or readme.doc?
From: "Rice, Michael" <mrice -at- deltagen -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L (E-mail)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 11:13:44 -0700

-----Original Message-----
From: Rice, Michael
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 11:06 AM
To: 'Victoria Camgros'
Subject: RE: readme.txt or readme.doc?

I believe what is critical about a "readme" file is that users can read it,
but you can't edit it (at least not without copying and pasting it into
another document). Thus, it should be saved in a "read only" text format.

One simple read-only text file in a format compatible with your end users
should be all you need.

Michael Rice
Sr. Technical Writer, IT Group
Deltagen, Inc.
1003 Hamilton Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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mailto:mrice -at- deltagen -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
From: Victoria Camgros [mailto:vcamgros -at- persistence -dot- com]
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2000 10:45 PM
Subject: Re: readme.txt or readme.doc?

Robert asked:
>Have any of
>you ever written a README file in .doc format and in what contexts?

I've written them in HTML, but never in Word format. The critical point is
that ALL your customers must be able to read it without presuming any
particular software. For NT, that's probably Notepad as you suggest.


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