Re: Opinion on Options location

Subject: Re: Opinion on Options location
From: Bonni Graham <bonnig -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 10:34:27 -0800

Warren wrote:

>What is the most user friendly and functional location for the
>users' options section (i.e. global defaults) in the User Manual.
>These items presently exist near the back of the manual in an
>advanced user section, the difficulty stems from the production of
>numerous forward references as the product has grown.

I'd say it depends on the orgainizing principle of your manual: is it
based on

a) frequency of use (the more frequently used topics in front)

or

b) order of use (the topics needed first, like setting
options/preferences in front?

If a, then the chapter belongs in the back or even as an appendix
(forward references to appendices give ME less heartburn, anyway <g>).
If b, then the chapter belongs up front, since the user will want/need
to set these before doing other things.


--
Bonni Graham
Manual Labour
bonnig -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com


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