Re: Editing Online Help

Subject: Re: Editing Online Help
From: Goober <techcommgoober -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 20:36:13 -0700 (PDT)


> I am writing a paper on editing online help. I would
> like to get
> information on what special methods, procedures, or
> considerations is
> specific to editing online help (for applications,
> standalone, and webhelp,
> etc.) An example would be checking for links and
> jumps.
>
> What other issues and considerations should a help
> editor take into
> consideration when comprehensively editing help?
> Also, can anyone suggest
> any books/web sites/ articles relating to this topic
> (editing online help)?

You want to check:

* grammar
* all topics are present
* browse sequences
* it launches as intended from the application
* it runs correctly on all operating systems your
application is supported on
* it installs with the product
* the toc/search/ix works
* context-sensitive topics display correctly and
provide the correct information
* if cross-browser, make sure it works in all browsers
your users have (or at least in all browsers your
company decides to support)

I'm sure there's more but that's what you get in a
minute's time. ;)

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