Re: Style Guide for documenting a Web product

Subject: Re: Style Guide for documenting a Web product
From: Jean Hollis Weber <jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 15:58:58 +1000

Peter Swisher wrote,

Is there a good style guide for documenting Web-based systems?

The basic question is:
Is a "drop-down list box" on a PC-based app, called the same thing on a
Web-based app?

I agree with Rob Wishey, who said in response,
In the past I have documented web based browser applications by assuming
they are a GUI like any other GUI you normally have to document.

BUT... who are your audience? Is that long-winded phrase "drop-down list box" necessary or appropriate for them? I would just call it a "list." Will your audience be confused if you use a simple term, not a GUI-design term?

Regards, Jean
Jean Hollis Weber
jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com
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