Conditional Text

Subject: Conditional Text
From: "Robert A. Goff" <outlaw -at- RT66 -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 1995 20:48:22 -0700

We're bidding a contract for some product documentation that's a little
outside what we've done before, and I'm wondering if anyone would offer
some comments about previous experience.

There will be two manuals, each on the order of 200pp, to be printed on
demand at the time of product installation. The text that gets printed is
to depend on which of two products and several options for each product the
user has purchased. Final product to be in WordPerfect 6 format.

The customer also wants it to be designed for simple porting to on-line useage.

Some specific questions that I can think of:
* What are some of the things to consider in designing a conditional-text
* What are some of the technical problems with on-site, on-demand printing?
What can you assume about the output device?
* Given that you can't design a document for both print and on-line use at
the same time without giving something up, what kinds of things can you do
"for free," that don't compromise the quality of the print document very
much, but make the on-line document better?

Feel free to make comments that don't fall under these questions. Thanks.

Bob Goff
outlaw -at- rt66 -dot- com

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