RE: Online or print for SDK material?

Subject: RE: Online or print for SDK material?
From: Kim Roper <kim -dot- roper -at- pixelink -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 16:20:45 -0500

Rebecca Stevenson asked:

> While I gird for the struggle, I was wondering if anyone here
> had experience that would back up or destroy my gut feeling
> that users of this material will primarily do so online? Lots
> of reference stuff, code samples, the kitchen sink....

As much as I like having a nice, spiral-bound reference, there are some
compelling reasons to publish stuff electronically:

-- Cost: Dead trees cost money, to print and to ship.
-- Time: Preparation for printing, sorting out problems with the proofs,
printing and binding ... they all take time. It's much easier to include a
PDF on the SDK CD-ROM.
-- Cross-referencing: Personally, I like to hyperlink my cross references.

Cheers ... Kim
"These manuals don't write themselves, y'know. If they did, they'd be

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