Re: On-line vs. print (WAS: Of myth and reality)?

Subject: Re: On-line vs. print (WAS: Of myth and reality)?
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 12:18:29 -0400

Well, this subject certainly didn't garner much interest did it? After so many
claiming that on-line and print are so different, is there nobody willing to
discuss the requirements of on-line documentation?

I didn't want this thread to touch single sourcing, I wanted to honestly discuss
the differences and similarities in the requirements of each type of
documentation and how those requirements might be addressed.

Geoff Hart pointed out the issue of being 'lost in hyperspace' an issue that I
would think requires further study. How can the user be kept 'in context' when
drilling around in on-line documentation?

Or, in printed documentation how do you best present detailed information yet
still allow the user to quickly find procedural instructions that don't assume
they've read the whole book?

Eric L. Dunn

Your monthly sponsorship message here reaches more than
5000 technical writers, providing 2,500,000+ monthly impressions.
Contact Eric (ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com) for details and availability.

Buy RoboHelp Deluxe starting at only $798: you'll get RoboDemo, the hot new
software demonstration tool that's taking the Help authoring world by storm,
together with RoboHelp Office. Learn more at
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: Re: Career path
Next by Author: Slipping Back to Single Sourcing (WAS:On-line vs. print (WAS: Of myth and reality)?)
Previous by Thread: Re: Deleting color definitions in FrameMaker 6.0?
Next by Thread: RE: On-line vs. print (WAS: Of myth and reality)?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads