Re: Dlocumentation set for on-demand software

Subject: Re: Dlocumentation set for on-demand software
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:41:36 -0700

You aren't by any chance filling out a questionnaire from a recruiter?

"On-demand software" aka "software as a service" (SaaS) = software
(usually Web-based) hosted by an application service provider (ASP),
such as Google Apps and

The documentation for a SaaS application is basically the same as for
any client-server application. The biggest difference is that the
installation guide may be for internal use only, though in my
experience it's often needed by partners, OEMs, and large or
particularly security-conscious customers who work out special
arrangements to host their own instances.

And of course there's a steep learning curve the first time you create
online help for the Web.

More generally, how much difference does it make to the user whether
an application runs in their operating system, a Java VM, or their Web
browser? If the answer is, not much, that's how much difference it
makes to the tech writer documenting the app.

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 11:22 AM, <p -dot- vuncanon -at- att -dot- net> wrote:
> What would you consider the components of a enterprise documentation set to be for an on-demand software company vs. the traditional enterprise software company?
> Are there differences in the way you would approach writing for on-demand software as well?

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