RE: Question about "sidebars"

Subject: RE: Question about "sidebars"
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 14:28:34 -0400

I had been using the Flare Dropdown and Expanding text for years, for hundreds of instances of that type of info - good to know, but not essential to the immediate task. But now we've decided that the WebHelp will also be a bunch of PDFs, and I've had to get rid of all those instances of Dropdown and Expanding text, resulting in discussions and procedures sometimes being too text-heavy, especially for people who might have read before, and are now coming back for a quick refresh before starting an infrequent task.

We already use Note for other things. We don't want to dilute the impact.

The template we use now is not able to convert Dropdown/Expanding into footnotes or chapter end-notes (for PDF publishing), which would have been an approach to retain the value of the Dropdown/Expanding feature. Drat.

Anybody got other suggestions?

Also, given that our template sets off Notes, Cautions, and Warnings with a rule (line) above and another below, a different color than main text, an indent from main text, and a left-located notepad-with-pencil icon, do you think it objectionable for the occasional document page to have Note after Note after Note, with little or no intervening text?


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From: techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+kevin -dot- mclauchlan=safenet-inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of yehoshua paul
Sent: October-09-13 12:00 PM
To: Cardimon, Craig
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Subject: Re: Question about "sidebars"

One of two:
1. Use a note icon, which would either be a bullet or the first column in a table where the borders are invisible. And then enter the relevant information.
2. In online help use DHTML to create drop-down text. Users click on a word, and a box appears below the line with the relevant information. When moving the mouse over the word, the word changes to indicate that it should be clicked.

Yehoshua Paul


On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com> wrote:

> Morning, Whirlers,
>
> How do you folks handle sidebar notes and info?
>
> Let's say I'm working on Topic A in a user guide. I have information
> related to Topic A, but not directly.
>
> This information doesn't really fit elsewhere, so it needs to be in
> Topic A, but stand out just a bit. I put this "sidebar" information in
> a table in Topic A.
>
> Users should be aware of this information but not get hung up on it. I
> labeled the table as a "Note." Not sure what else to do here. Suggestions?
>
>
>
> Cordially,
> Craig Cardimon
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