TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
The management of my company decided LONG ago that they wanted our product
(mainframe & PC software) documentation distributed to our customers in
3-ring binders. It's been that way ever since. They like the way the binders
look on their bookcases. They think it's a *good* look.
I disagree. I think it makes our doc look temporary or, even worse, as
though it requires frequent updating (which it does NOT). I think that large
binders are unwieldy, they require too much desk space, they're a pain to
lug around, and they're a disaster when the darned pages fall out. I've
suggested going to a plasticoil (or similar) binding that would allow the
book to be folded back (so only one page is visible at a time). Management
thinks this doesn't look as classy, and they don't want to lose the
To further complicate things, our printing has been handled by our Admin
department, so I no longer have a personal relationship with a printer I
trust to counsel me on this. And our books range in size from a few dozen
pages to as many as 450 pages!
1. How do you other Whirlers bind your documentation for distribution to
2. Do you have any suggestions for a compromise solution? (It must be no
more expensive than the 3-ring binders!)
3. Can anyone point me to studies that have been done about this? If I'm
going to make a change, I'll have to prove to them that the new look will
give our customers a positive impression!
Please copy me directly on answers, as I'm on digest. Many thanks!
Develop HTML-Based Help with Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 ($100 STC Discount)
**WEST COAST LOCATIONS** San Jose (Mar 1-2), San Francisco (Apr 16-17) http://www.weisner.com/training/dreamweaver_help.htm or 800-646-9989.
Sponsored by ForeFront, Inc., maker of ForeHelp Help authoring tools
for print, WinHelp, HTML Help, JavaHelp, and cross-platform InterHelp
See www.forehelp.com for more information and free evaluation downloads
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.