RE: Large manual on CD

Subject: RE: Large manual on CD
From: Stephen McDermott <Stephen -dot- McDermott -at- PREMERA -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 07:25:30 -0800

Yes. Last contract we created a 2600 page gorilla (with hypertext, x-ref's
and other e-doc bells and whistles).

We put a HTML front end on it similar to the methods that have been
described recently for people's portfolios. It was mainly a backup to the
online version in case the network went down.

When it is a huge manual, you may want to break it down into it's chapters
and create a full HTML front end (TOC by chapter number, by subject, by
responsibilities, etc.). Whether a book this size is distributed through
the network or whether it is loaded by disc, it is still a massive drain on
system resources.

The problem with breaking down a book that large using the chosen tool
(Frame) is that we found we either needed an aftermarket search tool or we
needed to maintain the "Big Book" to have a usable index.


-----Original Message-----
From: lawrenp -at- nationwide -dot- com [mailto:lawrenp -at- nationwide -dot- com]

Has anyone had experience with putting a large technical manual on CD?

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