Categories vs. Alphabetical

Subject: Categories vs. Alphabetical
From: Ginna Watts <gwatts -at- PIM -dot- BC -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 13:29:24 -0800

Hi all,

We're in the middle of upgrading our software from DOS to NT. The software
is essentially a collection of 'modules' (it developed that way due to DOS
memory requirements etc., and just stayed that way...). Some come in the
'core package', some come in extra package collections - there are about 25
in total.
Now in the NT GUI they are being divided into rough categories. That is,
Utilities, Cartographic, Topology etc., even though a customer may have none
of the modules in the category. (They're calling it advertising). The old
manual had docs for just about all modules, and it's arranged
alphabetically. (Note that even though the modules might fall into general
categories, they are not usually used in any particular sequence, and there
are no relationships, even within'categories'. They are nearly completely

My boss has suggested that we organise the manual along the lines of the GUI
anc separate modules into categories, but I'm in favour of sticking with the

Any suggestions to back me up / refute my arguments?

Ginna Watts - Technical Writer
Pacific International Mapping Corp.
gwatts -at- pim -dot- bc -dot- ca

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