Using conditions in multi-destination docs

Subject: Using conditions in multi-destination docs
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 15:34:18 -0500


For a doc set that can be used with either Prod1 or
Prod2, can I get away with just two condition tags:

- notProductOne
- notProductTwo

Example text would be something like:

"Your [Prod1][Prod2] arrives from the factory with default
network settings. Before using the appliance configure
for your network as follows: "

Each time a product name appeared it would be a pair with
both elements condition tagged. [Prod1] would have condition
notProductTwo, and [Prod2] would be tagged notProductOne.

I would do the same with paragraphs and whole topics/pages
that applied to just one or the other.

Am I overlooking a situation where a third condition would
come in handy (or be literally indispensible)? Assume, for
now, that only the two output versions are needed for the
next year or three.

By default anything that's untagged appears in the output
regardless of the product, since it should be common to both.
I can't shake the nagging feeling that I'm going to get
halfway through the project and suddenly regret not having
wielded a third tag in a bunch of places. Darn it...


Kevin McLauchlan
Senior Technical Writer
SafeNet, Inc.
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