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Subject:Re: Printed vs. Online: What mix? From:Bonni Graham <bonnig -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 27 Sep 1995 00:44:48 -0700
Mike Star wrote:
>I'd like to get a feel for how other companies out there blend printed
>and online software documentation. <snip> How do you vote?
>1. Comprehensive printed/comprehensive online
>2. Minimal printed/comprehensive online
>3. Comprehensive printed/minimal online
4. None of the above. I structure my manuals according to four basic
a) What is it? (descriptive text for each dialog/screen)
b) How do I do it? (procedural text for each process)
c) Why do I do it? (theoretical/background information)
d) Why did it do THAT? (troubleshooting/error message interpretation
The informal research I've done suggests that most people look for a,
abbreviated b and c, and d (when the system isn't crashed) online. They
look for more detailed b and c, and system-crashing d on paper.
It doesn't fit any of the models Mike suggested above, but so far my
clients' users LOVE it.
bonnig -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com