RE: Using conditions in multi-destination docs

Subject: RE: Using conditions in multi-destination docs
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Spectrum Writing <info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 11:37:09 -0500



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Spectrum Writing [mailto:info -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 3:43 PM
> To: McLauchlan, Kevin; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Using conditions in multi-destination docs
>
> The only warning/caveat that I see:
>
>
> "Your [Prod1][Prod2] arrives from the factory with default
> network settings. Before using the appliance configure
> for your network as follows:
>
> From personal and frequent experience, conditionalizing
> [Prod1][Prod2] right
> in the middle of a sentence with two conditions can get
> tricky and messy,
> especially if you don't conditionalize the necessary spacing
> before and
> after correctly and it results in a lot of extra cleanup/fix time.
>
> My suggestion:
>
> "Your [Prod1]arrives from the factory with default
> network settings. Before using the appliance configure
> for your network as follows:
>
> "Your [Prod2] arrives from the factory with default
> network settings. Before using the appliance configure
> for your network as follows:
>
> and conditionalize each statement with Prod1condition or
> Prod2condition as
> appropriate. This approach can save you lots of grief and
> time later on!


That's a good suggestion, especially with MadCap Flare, which
makes it vary easy (one click) to select a free-standing block,
but harder to accurately select from within a para, particularly
when conditions overlap.

It does require a bit more writing (not much with cut'n'paste)
but probably saves time in the long run. Much clearer to read,
on-the-fly, months later.

Sold.

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References:
Using conditions in multi-destination docs: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
RE: Using conditions in multi-destination docs: From: Spectrum Writing

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