Re: doc on the web

Subject: Re: doc on the web
From: Will Kelly <willk -at- TIAC -dot- NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 14:28:59 -0400

Doreen--

I had the opportunity to take this step with two clients. For the first
client, it came down to a couple of more customer issues:

1. Frequent updates just as you guessed.
2. Accessibility. The doc was for a high-end engineering product that was
never accurately documented for a couple of years of its life. They liked
the fact that the TOC linked them to just the topics they needed.
3. Distribution. There was a worldwide userbase that had never had
documentation and may have only had infrequent need for it.
4. My client is a small company where even the president answers user
support calls. Some clients found the tech support resources less then
adequate.

The second client had a strictly user support focus for the docs being
converted to HTML.

I hope this helps.

Will Kelly

At 10:57 AM 10/9/97 -0400, DoreenM520 wrote:
>My co. is going to soon start making product and related doc available via
our
> web site. My question concerns customer expectations. I would guess that
> customers are going to expect the doc to be more up to date than they
> currently expect in the hard copy. While we plan customer surveys and site
> visits, I'd like to hear from anyone who has taken this step and has info on
> what the customer expectations were. BTW, we currently only update the doc
> when we restock or when we move to another release; we do NOT issue doc
update
> pages.
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