See Also/Related Topics

Subject: See Also/Related Topics
From: "Zen C" <zenizenc -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 20:45:11 -0400

Hi All,

I am asked to edit an existing online help file and in that each heading has
a "See Also" and "Related Topics" link. Although for me both words mean the
same, the reasoning I was given got me thinking cos of the way the the help
file is organized.

See Also is linked to topics that has additional information which is
associated with the topic (For example: each field in a window is described
as a separate topic, therefore when describing the main window the "see
also" link is attached to each heading that describe the field) and Related
topics are "how to" topics associated with a window.

Also "see also" is a secondary window and "related topics" point to the how
to topic in TOC. These are not standards that must be followed.

Anyways I hope I make sense and this is my question to all of you:

Is there a set standard or a preferred method with regard to using related
topics and see also?


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