Help to FM suggestions

Subject: Help to FM suggestions
From: Damien Braniff <Damien -dot- Braniff -at- asg -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:00:39 +0100

Currently working on product where the only existing documentation is the Help and we're looking to single-source from FM. General procedure we have is OK:
Help (RH) > printed doc (Word) > FM
Fairly straightforward process (once styles are standardized) but have you any suggestions for how best to get the structure you want in FM?
Help topics > FM sections but as we all know Help isn't linear so while there is a 'flow' there's also assorted branches... Any suggestions as to how best to sort it out? I've done one small Help so far which was easy to work out but the next is going to be fun (Printed doc 600+ pages). I think I can break it down into what will be FM Chapters which helps but after that...
I've thought of doing a 'map' to show the flow with links shown as branches to the main flow... any thoughts /suggestions welcome.
Damien Braniff
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