Re: Help -> Manual or Manual -> Help

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
>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

"You don't look American"
"Everyone looks American, because Americans are from everywhere"
- Doonesbury
Chuck Martin
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