RE: Creating new "files" in Blaze

Subject: RE: Creating new "files" in Blaze
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:18:41 -0400



Jay,



You have misquoted me and missed the point of what I was saying. My whole point was that despite's Scott's assertion about "99.999999999% of other tools", most of the tools that technical writers use do *not* use the terminology "create file" or "new file", since that refers only to the storage medium, but rather use terminology that focuses on the *content* that is being created, whether it is a verbal document, a drawng, a presentation slide, or a spreadsheet.

-Fred Ridder





Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 15:30:04 -0700
From: techwriter -at- covad -dot- net
To: docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com
CC: quills -at- airmail -dot- net; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Creating new "files" in Blaze



Fred Ridder wrote:
Scott wrote:



Paradigm shift.

>From file based, to topic based. Flare and Blaze don't have a File
creation. For someone who is searching how to make a new file, since
that is how documents are made in 99.999999999% of other tools, is
missing and won't be found. Your documentation glosses over that, and
doesn't make it clear beyond a shadow of a doubt what the shift is.

Sorry, Scott, but you're off base with your assertion about "new file" being ubiquitous terminology. Consider the Office 2007 suite, where there is no longer a "File" menu at all. And when you use the menu that replaced the File menu, you find commands like "New Document", "New Workbook", and "New Presentation" depending on what application you are running. Older versions of the Office tools do still have a File menu, but the "New" command never has a choice for "new file"; the command always refers to the type of document, rather than the storage container for the document (i.e. a file).

topic<>document, in my experience.


And that same pattern is followed by most other modern applications; even though the parent menu may use the word File, the command form amking a new information object focuses on the specific type of object (document, drawing, web page, template) rather than the generic storage entity.
I agree with Scott.

A 'topic' sounds like a chunk of information that goes into a file or document.
"File", for my money, is still standard terminology.

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References:
RE: Creating new "files" in Blaze: From: Sharon Burton
Re: Creating new "files" in Blaze: From: quills
RE: Creating new "files" in Blaze: From: Fred Ridder
Re: Creating new "files" in Blaze: From: Jay Maechtlen

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