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Subject:RE: Fun Questions for Professionals! From:"Humbird, Len" <len -dot- humbird -at- intel -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 30 Oct 2000 13:23:28 -0800
The "article" is poorly structured, containing emotionally-driven,
generalized statements, highly opinionated with little empirical data. In
short, it's boringly thin. On that basis, there is little with which to
agree or disagree. But I'll try to reply at the level to which you
There are lots of differences between cards and articles, dude. First of
all, cards are way cooler!! Just look at HyperCard. Forget articles.
They're a waste of time.
linear hardcopy - legendary
linear online - cyberpaper
nonlinear hardcopy - you mixed up all the pages, dude!
nonlinear online - pick a starting point and cruise.
4.) The solution to fragmentation and disorientation when writing online
documentation is to stay focused on impressing the audience with your huge
understanding of whatever it is you're writing online documentation.
5.) What it means, exactly to create a single source (paper and online) is
to work a whole lot less because you're using only one dude to tell you what
to write about.
6.) The tools you might use has to include a really bitchin graphics card,
because you gotta see everything you're writing about in crystal clarity. A
VooDoo2 3000 is a good start. Next, some x-ray welder's goggles, because
you don't want to squint when you're sifting through all the crap that
people give you. Finally, you need a really good chair. If you don't have
that, then forget everything else.
7.) DO you view yourself as an information designer? Sure! The more hip the
better. Not only do you make decisions about how to structure materials so
that multiple paths can be taken through it, but you wax the surfaces so
they glide right through it like a half-pipe. You make it cool to read your
8.) Describe some of the following tools as best you can for somebody
unfamiliar with them.
DHTML - Yesterday's news.
Acrobat - Truly a dinosaur, but a good looking one.
XML - Look no further than this. It's a TLA looking for some bitchin vowels.
Your web site localized into 32 languages? Maybe not now, but sooner than
you think. Download ForeignExchange's FREE paper, "3 steps to successful
translation management" at http://www.fxtrans.com/3steps.html?tw.
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