Word to the wise

Subject: Word to the wise
From: "John Posada" <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:41:06 -0500

Word to the wise, hoping that others will learn from my error.

It was just pointed out to me that 50% of the 100+ context sensitive topics
for my online help don't work in the GA release of my most recent project.

We use an xml file with the mapID targets and URLs in place of a .h file. It
seems that between the last version that was checked, and the version that
got written to the CD, an ending quotation mark was missing half way
through. This resulted in every line after that falling into the non-valid
XML camp.

I'm not sure how we're going to fix this. However, had I been using the
right application to write in (opposed to Notepad) or a validator
afterwards, the error would have been apparent within seconds.

What did I learn? Don't cut corners and use the right tools.

John Posada

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