RE: Linking to graphics: why, why not?

Subject: RE: Linking to graphics: why, why not?
From: "Michele Marques" <marquesm -at- autros -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 11:57:42 -0400

Why should you link to graphics rather than embed them?
(1) As mentioned before, size of the document. The large size can result in:
- lengthy times to open and save documents
- additional opportunities for file corruption

(2)If images are separate files, one person can update images while another
person is editing the document. I also find updating the images easier when
they are stored separately (no need to deal with placing them again). You
can even have someone who is not a technical writer re-doing screenshots
(although you might want to review their screenshots before replacing the
existing ones).

(3) If the same image is used in multiple places, it only exists once with
multiple links. This saves on filespace, and, more importantly, means that
updating the image once updates it in all locations.

Michele Marques
Technical Writer,
Autros Healthcare Solutions
marquesm -at- autros -dot- com

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