RE: Longhorn - Tech writing changes

Subject: RE: Longhorn - Tech writing changes
From: "technicoid" <technicoid -at- cableone -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 08:36:05 -0600

chevotilburg -at- postmaster -dot- co -dot- uk quoted:

>But it gets worse. Authoring in MAML XML is very different from authoring
in Word or HTML
>(which have presentation elements). Some authors find it difficult to
adjust to the
>But many authors do fine. This quote sums up UI/UA design for me. "The goal
of the UI >designer is to put the Help author out of a job". This from a
Microsoft Help author and team >leader who I highly respect. You don't need
to document everything."

I guess I would temper Rob's concerns this way: if you've done anything with
structured authoring and automated style-sheet application, you'll probably
do just fine. The difficulty will be with those help authors who've had full
control over presentation and design and aren't wild about giving up that

I've taken a looksee at MAML, and it's pretty extensive in its scope. Some
of the structures are a little restrictive, but I think they'll become less
so before MAML is released officially.

I also noticed the comment about MS using XMetal. I had more luck with
XMLSpy, which seems to have better support for XML Schema.

technicoid -at- cableone -dot- net


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