Re: PDF & single-sourcing history

Subject: Re: PDF & single-sourcing history
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 12:47:10 -0500

On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com> wrote:
> If my memory were better I'd know all this, since I was reviewing
> software during the relevant period (mid- to late 1990s), but I can't
> recall:
> 1. Which major application was the first to use the same source for
> the printed user guide and online help?

Unix had that by the first version I used, the Seventh Edition released in
the late 1970s. For all I know, earlier as well.

All the reference material was available online via the man(1) command,
and the user could print individual man pages at will. Volume I of the
printed manual was all of the man pages concatenated and indexed.
Volume II was a collection of tutorials and design documents; on many
systems, those were all online as well.
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