RE: Wizards

Subject: RE: Wizards
From: David Arran <darran -at- aatech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 10:20:55 -0500

I just received this information from Online Learning Connection, hope it

>Creating wizards usually means custom programming
>-- which in turn means gaining the cooperation of
>application-development teams or combing through source
>code yourself.

>At least one software tool has emerged, however, that
>claims to require no programming in order to create

>GuruWizard from Guru Inc. ( )
>of Herndon, Va., won a Bill Communications'
>Extraordinary Product Award in September at the OnLine
>Learning 2000 Conference & Expo in Denver.

>Wizards -- intelligent agents that guide computer
>users through software -- perform complex tasks using
>one or more underlying software applications
>("Wizard-design tools," Oct. 26).

David J. Arran
Corporate Trainer
Kaba Benzing America (formerly AAT, Inc.)
305-819-4000 ext. 357
darran -at- aatech -dot- com
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-----Original Message-----
From: rhoggan -at- lewis -dot- com [mailto:rhoggan -at- lewis -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2000 6:18 PM
Subject: Wizards

Let me preface this post by saying I couldn't find any information on this
doing simple searches in the archives and on the Internet. If this
information has been addressed before, I offer my apologies.

A few years ago at my company, documentation was assigned the task of
developing "Performance Support." The original proposal (drafted up by
another writer that is no longer an employee) mentioned Tutorials and
Wizards. I can handle tutorials, and my searches have provided great leads
on software purchase for CBT software; however, I draw a blank on Wizards.
Does anybody know basic details about creating wizards? Are they advanced
programming items, or are they simple enough that the average tech-writer
could figure them out after no more than a week of intensive studying?
There used to be a program out there called "Wanda the Wizard Wizard" which
created wizards with a wizard. Does anybody know about the company involved
with that software or of any other companies that might offer similar

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