RE: Questions about a 600 page manual

Subject: RE: Questions about a 600 page manual
From: "Steve Hudson" <cruddy -at- optushome -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 23:25:40 +1100

I emailed you the guts of my article that will be shortly appearing on the
Whirler's describing how to use Master documents without worries.

Now for the questions:

> Is a 600-page spiral bound manual too big?

Almost certainly. The weight would ruin the spirals.

> Are all those visual examples going to become just a new version of
unusability?

Nope. Use linked inline graphics,
http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/DrwGrphcs/DrawLayer.htm starts to address the
issue.


> I'd guess 3 grey-scall images (GIF to keep size down),
minimum.

Color darlings, color.

> Is it essential to store the images outside the file or can I import
them into the document?

Link to them - keep them external to the document. They *can* be embedded
upon publish by my (free) killmetadata tool.


> Can Word 97 handle such a document without corrupting the file or
creating enormous strains on my productivity?

That's exactly why I sent you the article.


> I have the option of converting to FrameMaker now. Should I do so
despite the fact that the client has always demanded a copy in Word in
the past? My internal customer says we could deliver in PDF, but my
warning system tells me I'll have to convert later to Word anyway.

If you are going to have to trip, stay with Word.

Steve Hudson, Word Heretic
HDK List MVP
Word help and tools: heretic -at- tdfa -dot- com



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References:
Questions about a 600 page manual: From: Brian Martin

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