TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:Re: Help -> Manual or Manual -> Help From:Chuck Martin <cmartin -at- SEEKERSOFT -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 13 Aug 1997 13:57:17 -0700
That has to be one of *the* best lines of the year, if for no other reason
that the analogy is absolutely perfect.
At 01:51 PM 8/13/97 +0000, you wrote:
>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
>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.
>lhiggins -at- lucent -dot- com
"You don't look American"
"Everyone looks American, because Americans are from everywhere"
Technical Writer, Seeker Software, Inc | Personal
cmartin -at- seekersoft -dot- com | writer -at- grin -dot- net
www.seekersoft.com | www.grin.net/~writer