Re: Large Documents in Word

Subject: Re: Large Documents in Word
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:15:59 -0500

On Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:56:22 -0500, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- nuot -dot- com> wrote:

100 pages? Heh. Tech writers have testified to Word documents that they maintained with 300, 600, over a thousand pages, complete with graphics and tables.

Of course, this requires a lot of training. Jonathan West wrote, "You have to put as much effort into learning it as you would have to in order to learn Frame."

If I'm not mistaken, the particular reason for the shift from Frame to Word is so that the SMEs can modify the documentation source directly, presumably saving some effort.

Perhaps the SMEs would not mind if tech writers were permitted to make changes directly to their C++ source code? Just adding comments, nothing more.

Not only does everyone know how to use Word, but everyone knows that /* and */ delimit comments in C++, and that // indicates comments on a single line.

What could possibly go wrong?

Here's an example. We take this code:

// Our Fine Example
#include<iostream>
using namespace std;
int main()
{
int a = 3, b = 5; /* Use last values set */
a = 4, b = 13;
a = 2, b = 35;
cout << a << " + " << b << " = " << (a+b) << endl;
return 0;
}

and we'll just add two comments...

// Our Fine Example
#include<iostream>
using namespace std;
int main()
{
int a = 3, b = 5; /* Use last values set */
a = 4, b = 13; /* Do we use these? /*
a = 2, b = 35; /* No, it's these, right? */
cout << a << " + " << b << " = " << (a+b) << endl;
return 0;
}

It still compiles without error and runs.

Have we hurt anything?

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References:
Large Documents in Word: From: Lin Sims
Re: Large Documents in Word: From: Chris Morton
Re: Large Documents in Word: From: Lin Sims
Re: Large Documents in Word: From: Shawn
RE: Large Documents in Word: From: Dan Goldstein

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