RE: Highlighting new material in Webhelp - temporarily

Subject: RE: Highlighting new material in Webhelp - temporarily
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Ed" <hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 09:28:52 -0500

Ed replied to me:
> >
> > I asked this in the Madcap Flare forums, but you folks might
> > have some ideas as well.
> >
> > At a new release of an established product, how can I
> > highlight the 5% or 10% of material that is new, so that it
> > stands out from the stuff that's been in place for months or
> > years of previous releases?
> >
> > Better yet, how can I do this in such a way that it is easy
> > to UN-do it for the next release, so that I can apply the
> > highlighting to whatever is then new to the product?
> >
> > I don't care if it's a color, a font, or some other special
> > treatment, I just want a non-labor-intensive way to make it
> > happen, then make it un-happen and move on.
> >
> > This if for the output, of course.
> >
> > Any magic using conditions?
> >
> >
> > What do y'all do? Whether it's with Flare or another HAT?
> >

> From: Ed [mailto:hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com]

> If you're using a TOC, why not use one of the different icons than the
> default for books and topics? Some of them have little starbursts.

It's relatively rare that new material is an entire book within the

Often, it'll be a new page, added here and there. One or three in the
Reference section (syntax and basic explanations of commands), possibly
one in the Concepts if it's a new concept for the product, and perhaps a
page or two in the Config or the Admin&Maintenance section where the
actual Howto material is presented, something in the SDK section if it's
for developers.

More likely, though, new stuff will be a section or a paragraph of added
or modified text within existing pages.

The suggestion from Lisa in the Flare forums was to just make a "What's
New/Changed" book at the top of the ToC, and include pointers to all
new-or-changed pages. That way it would always be in the same place,
and just one place. That's still a bit rough for in-page changes or
additions, but serves the purpose ... In the absense of a brilliant
suggestion that nobody's thought of yet. :-)

- Kevin

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