RE: On-line vs. Print (WAS: Of myth and reality)

Subject: RE: On-line vs. Print (WAS: Of myth and reality)
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 22:10:52 -0500

I have always maintained that to single-source for online help and printed documentation, you have to chunk your data. In other words, you have to have such a fine granulation of data, and a means of identification to pull it out that you are only writing small pieces of information. This can be achieved if you use something like SGML or XML, however, it also means that to do it effectively, and efficiently, you have to spend a lot of time up front designing your structure to that the data chunks can be small enough, and able to identify chunks that appear in one or more purposed documents.

Just writing a book and pouring it into a help file is not the same. You end up spending a lot more time to setup the system, and then you have to be very careful when you alter the data.


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RE: On-line vs. Print (WAS: Of myth and reality): From: David Knopf

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