Re: Book? Or books?

Subject: Re: Book? Or books?
From: "Elise" <elisewriter -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2003 02:24:04 -0700

> "Here's the User Guide, with everything in it, but here
> are also several of the chapters, separated out, with
> frontmatter (title pages, boiler-plate, ToCs, etc.) added,
> and each with its own Bill of Materials number that must be
> tracked, and each with the same content (if the techwriter
> did his job) as the chapters, but needing to be separately
> reviewed by our PV/QC people, and the extra costs passed on
> to you, and together they make a jumble of files on the CD,
> so we had to create a map to help you navigate them all, and
> the extra cost passed on to you"...? Like that, you mean?
> <gdrh>

Yeah, like that. I think you laid out the "map" in your original post:

>>Assume that the User Guide has a big chapter on Integration
instructions for using our stuff with various third-party
applications, but you use the relevant portion of that
chapter one time, and then never look at it again...

>>unlike the rest of the User Guide that is usefully kept as a

>>If you've bought the SDK to do your own
development, then you don't ever refer to the "canned"
integration instructions

+ Release Notes
+ Install Guide
+ Setup Guide

But, if this is on CD, and not online, there's no problem in putting the
User Guide info (including integration & Setup Guide into the User Guide).
I'd keep the Release Notes & Install Guide separate, but also repeat the
Install in the User Guide (perhaps as an Appendix.).

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