RE: Book? Or books?

Subject: RE: Book? Or books?
From: MList -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 13:08:29 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Deb M. [mailto:dm -at- ptrail -dot- com]
> > The question is how far to go in separating certain
> > kinds of material into narrow-purpose documents, as
> > opposed to keeping disparate stuff in a more general-
> > purpose (big) document.
> I personally prefer a "honkin' big single document" to many smaller
> documents. I hate it when I find I brought the wrong book to
> the lab (in the
> case of multi-volume docs).
> I also do not consider Installation to be a throwaway doc if
> there's even a
> remote possibility that an application will need to be
> reinstalled. On the
> other hand, if you need to install the product to get to the remaining
> documentation, it makes sense to break out Installation.

Somebody else replied that they prefer as much
separation as possible. :-)

Anyway, it's as you say, the Install is the only one
printed because that's the only one you need in order
to get to the rest (which are PDFs only)... not that
most people even need the Install Guide. It's simply
included for "completeness" or perhaps "political correctness".

If you are printing your own, then you have the option
of cramming them all into one big binder... and getting
a luggage buggy to carry the darn thing.


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