Re: Help -> Manual or Manual -> Help

Subject: Re: Help -> Manual or Manual -> Help
From: Lisa Higgins <lisarea -at- DRUAK -dot- DR -dot- LUCENT -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 13:51:24 +0000

So then, Christine Jesensky is all like:

> I'm having trouble translating from the hypertext, non-linear viewpoint
> to a narrative, linear viewpoint. In particular, transitioning from one
> topic to the next and eliminating redundancy are bothering me.

That's like trying to edit a porno movie for general release. Good
online help has no plot, no extraneous dialogue, and it gets right to
the point.

While you may be able to use chunks of the online information, trying
to write around a storyline that consists of people walking into
rooms and saying, "Hey, mind if *I* join you?" is going to be
difficult at best.

In other words, start from scratch and then recycle what you can as
you go along.

Oh, yeah, and remember to cut out all the twangy disco music.

Lisa Higgins
lhiggins -at- lucent -dot- com

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