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Subject:Re: FrameMaker Menu capture (why do it) From:"RJULIUS.US.ORACLE.COM" <RJULIUS -at- US -dot- ORACLE -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 15 Jun 1994 15:05:47 PDT
Michael Cooperman writes, "Maybe we should all consider whether pictures of
menus adds enough to our documentation to justify the time (and, sometimes,
aggravation) it takes to get them."
I agree, mainly for maintenance reasons. For example, while dialog boxes may
be stable from release to release (not all, but usually most), I've often
found that menus change. Screen shots with menus, therefore, increase
document maintenance, and I avoid them like the plague. To say, "Selext X
from the Y menu." is usually enough; the screen shot doesn't add much.
It's so refreshing to actually discuss technical writing on this list. More
satisfying than flame wars, no? Cheers.
Rich Julius Oracle Corporation
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