Re: Documenting in Windows 8 - Click? Press? Select?

Subject: Re: Documenting in Windows 8 - Click? Press? Select?
From: Sally Derrick <sjd1201 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Sarah Blake <sarah -dot- blake -at- arieso -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:43:16 -0600

I think I'd go find a user's guide for a cell phone or tablet and see how
they handled it. It may not have a final answer but it might give you a
good idea or starting point.

Sally



On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:01 AM, Sarah Blake <sarah -dot- blake -at- arieso -dot- com> wrote:

> Seeing as it's Friday, and you've already had some useful answers...
>
> Tell your users to install one of the numerous third-party applications
> that gives them back the start menu, and then document as for Windows 7 :)
>
> Sarah Blake
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>
> Has anyone out there had to start documenting anything for Windows 8 yet?
> It's starting to peek over the horizon with some of my projects, and I'm
> trying to see if there is yet any standard way of dealing with it.
>
> If you've happily ignored everything about Windows 8, it's designed to
> work on both traditional PCs and also tablet devices. And they obviously
> forgot the uproar from a lot of technical writers back when the replaced
> the word "Start" menu with the icon - they've removed the start menu
> entirely.
>
> While I'm okay with the idea that we may just have to tell user to
> open/access and application without direct instructions on how to find it
> via the Start menu (instead of "Go to Windows Start > All Programs >
> Application Name", just saying "Open Application Name") I'm struggling with
> how to document the user experience since it may not be a single experience
> - will they be using a tablet and used to "press/tap" terminology? Or a
> standard laptop with a mouse and clicks? Or even a touch screen enabled PC
> where they may be able to press/tap or use a mouse?
>
> For my own purposes - the likelihood is going to be adding Windows 8
> support to an application that used to be desktop-based only. And it's
> still looming on the horizon (but those things also tend to appear that
> way, and then approach you rather quickly).
>
> I've done some searches and if Microsoft has provided any guidance on
> this, it's well hidden enough where I haven't been able to find it. (Curse
> you, MMS for making us all go the "click" route years ago and then changing
> the game on it).
>
> So, anyone doing this yet? Or planning their approach?
>
>
> - V
>
> Victoria J. Wroblewski
> Technical Writer
> NEC Sphere Communications, Inc.
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Documenting in Windows 8 - Click? Press? Select?: From: Wroblewski, Victoria
RE: Documenting in Windows 8 - Click? Press? Select?: From: Sarah Blake

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