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That's actually how Flare (and RoboHelp?) used to do WebHelp. It was done in frames, so every page (of possibly thousands) was "startpage". Made it a beeyatch to have reviewers specify the page where they found a goof.
When they switched to HTML5 Help (which isn't really HTML 5, but....) the URL became the actual current page. Much better. But that improvement came only after many years of the other way.
From: Julie Stickler
Sent: January-21-13 2:18 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Page or screen?
On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 8:10 AM, Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> As the original question points out, the "page" (the web "document", or that which has a specific URL) *contains* the application, but the application has a series of different "screens" within it. When you change screens you don't change the URL (the container), and the browser doesn't store these screen changes in its history. I would say these widgets are whatever the application lexicon calls them... Views, tabs, or even screens. But they are NOT pages, and the *browser* lexicon doesn't apply, IMO.
That probably depends on the architecture of your particular web application. I've worked on several over the past couple of years, and for the ones that I can recall, when you changed pages the URL changed as well. I'm sure there are web apps out there where everything happens in a single URL but I may not have worked to document one yet.. So in my past experience, I've always used "page"
As always, YMMV.
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