Re: Menus and Toolbars

Subject: Re: Menus and Toolbars
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 07:43:55 +1100

Jessica Weissman wrote:
>
> I find this useful sometimes, if there is a task or feature I know has
> to be there somewhere. I scan the menu/toolbar doc list and sometimes
> find it. It's also a de facto overview of the capabilities of the
> program - albeit sometimes a misleading and superficial one.
>
> Yes, truly complete and organized documentation would make such a thing
> more accessible, probably through an index. Full text search can help
> too.
>
> But the toolbar/menu brief list can occasionally be a lifesaver when I'm
> using an unfamiliar program.
>
> Sure, users SHOULD need this only in context of a task. But having a
> fast way to find it while I'm doing that task can be really helpful
>

Could you explain a little further? I'm a
little confused why scanning menu lists would
be quicker than seeing the menu option in the
procedure description of the task you're doing.
I agree that procedure headings need to be explicit
and the doc needs to have a good index, but I figured
we were assuming that the documentation was good
other than this question.

Thanks,
Janice

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Menus and Toolbars: From: Ben
Re: Menus and Toolbars: From: Janice Gelb
RE: Menus and Toolbars: From: Jessica Weissman

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