Re: Version Numbers for Help Files

Subject: Re: Version Numbers for Help Files
From: Bill Bledsoe <bill -at- ENVISION -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 10:22:03 -0600


Let me chime in here. We always consider help separate from the
application. In fact, we treat help like a separate application all
together. (Its own QA, CM and then Rollout). I have found many times that
we have had to release just an updated Help File for a variety of reasons.
Bottom line here is this: If your help documentation is viewed as an
integral part of the whole package (software, packaging,
documentation=product) then when any part of that product needs updating,
it should happen. Tying that version number to the software release number
really puts a cramp in that way of thinking.

just my $.02 (US)

Bill Bledsoe "Junk moved on line is still junk. You can
Documentation Specialist bet that if they didn't read the printed
Envision version, they won't read the online version
bill -at- envision -dot- com either." Dr. Conrad Gottfredson, online
or documentation guru-guy
intlidocs -at- mo -dot- net

From: Richard Mateosian[SMTP:srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG]
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 1996 9:43 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Version Numbers for Help Files

>I think we can rule out using the same version number as the
>software. That would mean that we could have to recompile the help
>file every time a minor change was made to the program, and a minor
>change to our help file could force development to recompile the
>software. Neither seems reasonable.

I don't find that approach unreasonable. I think you should regard the help
file as part of the program. ...RM

Richard Mateosian Freelance Technical Writer
srm -at- c2 -dot- org Copyright 1996 Review Editor, IEEE Micro All rights reserved President, Berkeley STC

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