Re: Highlighting new material in Webhelp - temporarily

Subject: Re: Highlighting new material in Webhelp - temporarily
From: beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Michael West <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 14:32:12 -0800

I inserted date and time system variables on my WebHelp master page so I can
tell what build I'm looking at. Flare inserts the date and time for me.

Last updated: [ ShortDate: <date> ] [ShortTime: <time>]

Flare also allows you to insert a system variable in a single topic. I've
never done this, and I can't test it right now, but I'll bet it would work.

Bee

On Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 5:14 PM, Michael West <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com> wrote:

> > From: "McLauchlan, Kevin"
> > 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?
>
> You could use a "conditional text" heading or label to flag the items in
> the
> help text -- something like "NEW!".
>
> But rather than jazz up the text with stuff like that I'd rather include
> with every major release a new TOC group titled "What's new in version 4.1"
> or whatever. That topic group would include a summary of new features and a
> listing of them with hyperlinks to the related help topics.
>
> My reasoning for this is that as a user I might be interested in reading a
> run-down of new features when I first load up the new release. But when I'm
> in the trenches trying to do something and I have to go to the help file to
> find out how, I really don't give a rat's posterior whether it's new or
> old.
> Just gimme the facts and then shut the hell up.
>
> --
> Mike West
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