RE: is anyone in a comparable scenario?

Subject: RE: is anyone in a comparable scenario?
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 15:03:40 -0400

The purpose of the HC is "mostly" for feedback to me. Since the NOC is going
to be proactive in helping keep the documentation updated (their idea), the
purpose of the HC is when they see opportunities for changes, corrections,
or improvements, they make those edits on the HC and submit back to me.

I think I like the idea of catalog....I use it all the time, so if they
don't know how to use it, I can instruct them. Let's see what other ideas
come forward.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
"Be accurate...the 4am wakeup call you prevent could be your manager's"

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From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 2:53 PM
To: TECHWR-L; John Posada
Subject: Re: is anyone in a comparable scenario?


I think the hardcopy is going to have to go away, because this is going to
be one of those looseleaf binder with piles of uninserted change pages
nightmares, but what I would suggest is this:

Make the TOC and each of the chapters a separate PDF. Put all the PDFs into
a directory on the network. Use Acrobat Catalog (it's on the Tools menu in
Acrobat) to create a searchable index on that directory, and schedule
Catalog to run daily.

Teach the NOC folks to use Acrobat Search and to open the TOC PDF as the
default entry point. That way, they can find whatever they want whichever
way appeals to them.

With each update, new section, etc., you will have to regenerated the TOC
PDF. The main thing is keeping the links up to date, and I assume FM can do
that easily enough.


John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com> wrote:
>I have about 20 chapters in the book. The delivery is PDF and HC. No
>problem. The book has a TOC, but no index...please no discussion on how it
>should have one, the user said they don't care for one whether it was
>or not, they would find stuff using electronic searching.
>Anyway...the problem is that sections are continually changing and new
>sections are being added all the time...maybe at the rate of a section
>other day.
>Since this book is about 500 pages, to create and deliver a new book every
>other day is an ordeal.

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