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::: In supporting the Intercom article, I've certainly learned
::: about a lot of
::: documentation that *isn't* suitable for single-sourcing.
::: The single-source
::: advocates have backed away from:
::: * Non-graphic WinHelp accompanying printed documents: "so 1997"
::: * Reference and procedural documentation: "why would you want to?"
::: * Training documents accompanying product: "entirely unrelated"
::: * I can just guess what you'd say about the sales group's
::: idea to build
::: their proposals from pieces of our documents 8^)
Hi Steve. I'm not speaking for the other vocal advocates on this list,
but I haven't backed away from these points. ;) My question for you is:
how much shared information do you envision between these deliverables?
If it's enough to validate single-sourcing, then do so. Nothing is
unrelated in and of itself. Analyze the situation, and if it looks OK to
single-source, then try doing so.
I'm finding it hard to address the issues you raise because they are
very vaguely explained. All I can do is say "if it looks feasible, then
try it". :-/
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