Re: WinHelp test plans

Subject: Re: WinHelp test plans
From: Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 08:48:00 EST

>First I produce a dummy help system. Every topic contains nothing more than
> its ID. Using this file the programmers can test their help calls and I can
> figure out which ID is accessed where.

>During developement I add all IDs as search keywords. Some authoring tools
> (e.g. the shareware program Visual Help) offer that possibility.

Would that we could do these things! Sadly, we're always called in when the
links are already there and the client is slavering for words. If we're
lucky, the developers will get a look at the help file for critique. Full
testing is a dream.

>Another important topic is a clear, simple structure of your help system.
> "Author lost in hyperspace" is much more serious than "User lost in
> hyperspace".

Bravo! I wish more of our clients would realize this.

>Finally, you cannot help but test all links as thoroughly as possible -
> especially when writing context-sensitive help.

>Greetings from Germany,

Tim Altom
Vice President
Simply Written, Inc.
Technical Documentation and Training
Voice 317.899.5882
Fax 317.899.5987

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