TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:More information for Online/Paper debate From:"Elliott C. Evans" <evans -at- ANSOFT -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 23 Sep 1994 10:47:08 EDT
Gwen Gall writes:
> I have seen some sophisticated data visualization systems for
> building user interfaces and the like--the same thing would be
> terrific for online, hypertext linked documents, _especially_ in 3-D.
> Does the WWW and/or Mosaic have anything like this?
A speaker from NCSA at this year's SIGGRAPH in Orlando told us that
they were working on it.
> Does anyone remember the graphical file system presentation in
> Jurassic Park? The one the girl saves the day by issuing the correct
> commands. That kind of thing.
The file system navigator is a real program. It's a demo available on
newer SGI workstations.
> Until there is a way to put in my own cross-references or add terms to
> the index, I want a _book_ within arm's reach.
If you're the only one who uses the installation of FrameMaker, you
can always unlock the help document, add whatever you want, and then
lock it again. (To be fair, I have to tell you that you can't find
instructions for this in the online manual. Check the quick
Also, you can create your own document that contains links to things
you find important. You'll still need to unlock the help file to find
the nearest destination link, and then link to it from your own file.
> A book with paper pages that I can mark up with my own comments.
FrameViewer Pro, the next generation of the Frame document viewer, has
| Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans |
| Technical Writer, Ansoft Corporation | Do you believe in fate?
| evans -at- ansoft -dot- com Pittsburgh, PA |