RE: Start button/Program menu in Windows Vista

Subject: RE: Start button/Program menu in Windows Vista
From: "Wroblewski, Victoria" <victoria_wroblewski -at- usr -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 15:03:57 -0600

(Re-sending to list... I sent this last night but haven't seen it come
thru yet....)

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Hanson
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 2:31 PM
Subject: Start button/Program menu in Windows Vista

> If you have an example you can share, I'd be interested in a starting
> point re: how to handle this in my doc.

Welcome to my world.... Vista updates for a single project have pretty
much consumed my last week. And there are only more projects to deal

Our documents support multiple operating systems, or at least multiple
versions of Windows. And Vista is a world away from XP/2K in how you
navigate to things, so even in places where we only had a couple
callouts of the differences for XP/2k, we're going to need to do entire
new sections for Vista.

On the MS Vista Help website, the have documented it as "click the
<b>Start</b> button (nifty little button graphic)".

For the current updates I'm doing, we're trying to just insert the new
Vista-specific instruction in to doc that is translated in a zillion
languages, with as little text editing as possible, and trying to
leverage (how I hate that word) what we already have translated to keep
the costs down. Also, trying to be consistent with text that was
written awhile ago when the styles & conventions we used were different.

What does that mean? For this go-around, which is considered just a
document update in my world, we're going with "click <b>Start</b>"
without a picture. MS still calls it Start, I'll happily still call it
Start. We do also try to keep our references to external program
screenshots/buttons at a minimum, so our docs are not impacted when they
change, as a rule.

Ok. Back to work....

- V

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