RE: How do I document vaporware?

Subject: RE: How do I document vaporware?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, "John Cook" <john -dot- cook -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:17:28 -0500

PS: Yes, I can spell "imminent". I just can't type it.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr
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inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of McLauchlan, Kevin
> Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:11 AM
> To: John Cook; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: How do I document vaporware?
>
> John C replied in jest, but I think that that might actually be the
> best approach.
>
> Others noted that leaving the broken features in the
> interface is a form
> of "promise to perform", but I will point out that "a future
> release" is
> not any kind of specific promise about "the very next release"... So
> it's not that iminent.
>
> Where you WOULD (IMHO) run into that kind of difficulty is if you
> document them as you currently think they are going to work, and then
> that changes when the features finally get implemented.
>
> Instead, the blank page or a nearly-blank page (lots of white
> space) and
> a standard:
> " - Possible future feature. Funtionality not established. - "
>
> And then pointers to what other folks suggested about workarounds or
> "You can't get there from here."
>
> For purposes of place-holding, you could always document the way a
> feature is supposed to work, then hide the text.
>
> - Kevin
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> John Cook replied:
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 9:42 PM
> > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: Re: How do I document vaporware?
> >
> > Blank pages. Obviously. ; )
> >
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References:
How do I document vaporware?: From: Sarah Stegall
Re: How do I document vaporware?: From: John Cook
RE: How do I document vaporware?: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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