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>>We document a software product that runs on many platforms,
>>under several different operating systems. Functionality is
>>more or less the same, and some topics apply to all configurations.
>>But many do not.
>>Does anyone out there have a solution?
>My company has the same problem...
>We are going with a modular format. Our documentation includes
>small paperback modules (booklets of 32-90 pgs), rather than chapters,
>boxed together. This gives us the flexibility to have modules covering
>general subject matter and those platform specific without having to
>make completely different manuals. Also, some of our customers will
>want more of certain modules; we can give them that without the cost
>of unwanted documentation.
>By the way, this also seems to be a more cost effective solution than
>a big perfect bound manual. We also hope it will be easier to upgrade
>(not having to reprint those which do not change).
Are you aware of the funny-looking staples with a loop attached to the back?
Sort of like this, but with all symbols connected.
In your situation I recommend using them. Then you can put all the modules
in one looseleaf binder so they don't stray or need replacing because of
user carelessness. A single binder also looks more impressive.
If you need software to massage the pages into booklets, my company supplies
some that is very fast.
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