RE: Survey: "Screen shots"

Subject: RE: Survey: "Screen shots"
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 17:53:35 -0000

-----Original Message-----
>1) Do you create your own "fake" screen-caps with
> a vector-drawing tool?

No, but I have often used a vector-drawing tool to create perfect
screenshots. (Take the screenshot, amend it as necessary*, drop it into
CorelDRAW and create a GIF.) *(A screen shot isn't a screen dump. It should
look identical to what the user sees on screen, but you can erase parts that
the user doesn't need to see right now.)

>2) Can you think of any reasons not to do so, from
> the user's perspective?

If your "fake" screen-cap is identical, no.

>3) Would I be wrong in assuming that cosmetic aspects
> of windows and dialog boxes are not that important,
> and that as long as the text is there and readable,
> and the surrounding elements are similar to the
> originals, then that should be "good enough"?

When you're not doing it for novice users, and/or when the GUI is
cosmetically changing frequently, it's a good idea... but I think it sounds
fairly time-consuming.

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
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