RE: Of myth and reality

Subject: RE: Of myth and reality
From: SteveFJong -at- aol -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 12:13:03 EDT

David Knopf <david -at- knopf -dot- com> writes:

>> I guess you haven't been to a real marketing presentation recently. ;-)

I think I'm at one now 8^)

When someone says there's a 90% overlap without specifying units, I grow
skeptical. It's easy to take up 100KB with a single screen shot, but 100KB of
text is more labor-intensive. Is the 90% overlap one of words, or simply

My figure of 30% overlap was for a real project, and indeed there aren't any
graphics in the Help. Extremely terse, text-only Help seems to be both the
prevailing sentiment on TECHWR-L and the current practice in Windows Help.
(This difference in presentation is one of the assumptions of the author of
the original Intercom article that triggered this discussion.) However,
perhaps you misread my example as print/HTML Help, so I'll ignore these

>> (Oh yes, and something about Fat Mac binaries
>> which is all about compiling code and has no bearing
>> whatever on single sourcing information.)

Are you saying you do not recognize the similarity between compiling source
code and single-sourcing information using XML? (If your "solution" doesn't
involve XML, I apologize; you haven't been specific.)

>> Simply disparaging the arguments of others without offering substantive
>> does not, it seems to me, advance your case.

I agree. Maybe a sample page in MIF would help?

-- Steve

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