Re: Documenting two similar interfaces

Subject: Re: Documenting two similar interfaces
From: David Castro <thejavaguy -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Sarah Blake <Sarah -dot- Blake -at- microfocus -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:27:42 -0400

If you can get buy-in from your programmers, you could potentially use
whatever conditional text features are offered by your development
environment to create two different outputs, and then the Help features (F1,
Help buttons, and Help menu) could select the correct help file for the
configuration that the user has opted for.

-David Castro
thejavaguy -at- gmail -dot- com

On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 11:15 AM, Sarah Blake <Sarah -dot- Blake -at- microfocus -dot- com>wrote:

> I'm currently working on a project where we're upgrading the UI to use a
> new 'ribbon'-style interface (a la MS Word), but users will also have
> the option to use the familiar 'classic' interface. The documentation
> will therefore need to deal with both.

> ...but the help is the approximate size of War and Peace, and giving
> double directions for each task seems a bit cumbersome

> If I have to, then I have to, but does anyone else who's gone through
> this process have any tips or suggestions? (The documentation format is
> CHM, created from XML source files.)

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