Re: Resources - comparing HATS

Subject: Re: Resources - comparing HATS
From: Tim Mantyla <TimMantyla -at- nustep -dot- com>
To: Mary Arrotti <mary_arrotti -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 11:56:00 -0400

Mary Arrotti <mary_arrotti -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote on 10/12/2007 11:29:15 AM:

> I'd recommend learning about Help development (including terms) &
> *then* researching a tool. The resources you mention are all good -
> but it's unrealistic to expect a Help tool review (or reviewer) to
> also provide you with a primer on Help.

I just ask...don't know or expect there's one out there...the tech writer
webworld is quite scattered, I've found.

> As a technical writer & help developer - it's good & important to
> develop skills in research and to be able to figure out where/whom
> to go to for the info you need.

Sounds great...for someone w/ a lot of time. I have to get the manual up
and running w/i a few months time, and have the software in place to do it
along the way. I have the writing/organizing/editing expertise, just not
the tech tool knowledge in this particular area.

What I'm doing by asking for help *is* research. A journalism principle:
Go directly to the source. It's my best stab to jumpstart the process by
finding experts, leveraging their knowledge with my growing experience,
and just get a "train with square wheels," (from "Rudolph..."
animated film)--yes for now...but it's progress.

If I want to keep this (temp) job and not lose it to an outsourced expert,
this is what I have to do...for now. I don't mind learning a lot.

And by the way, as I wrote another t-whirler,perhaps 60-80% of all the
terms on I would need to see "in action" to really
understand...I can figure out some by context...partly from having spent
4-5 days learning trial HATS, tutorials...

More to the point: Do you know any more good resources, lists, sites?
(Quick look-up places)


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