Re: What exactly is minimalist documentation?

Subject: Re: What exactly is minimalist documentation?
From: Scott Miller <smiller -at- CORP -dot- PORTAL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 09:29:50 -0800

>>>>>
>I have a vague sense of what minimalist documentation probably is, but I need
>to
>be able to define it by this evening. Can anyone help me out here? Does
>anyone
>do this kind of documentation? What is its advantage? Thanks!!
><<<<<<<
>Applied to software documentation, the goal of minimalist documentation is to
>provide just enough information that the user is able to find out just enough
>crucial information to get by with basic tasks. Enough information is
>provided to allow the user to figure out non-basic tasks on their own. By
>figuring things out on their own, the user learns how to use the software
>better, and has greater retention. In other words, the goal is not to just
>have fewer words, or kill fewer trees, but to enhance usability by providing
>a minimal safety net over which a user can explore and learn.
>
>The closest I've seen to minimalist documentation is the online help for
>Windows 95.
>
>- Scott Miller
>smiller -at- portal -dot- com
>


If it's about technical communication--post it! If not, don't!
Posts: mailto:techwr-l -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu
Commands: mailto:listserv -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu (e.g. SIGNOFF TECHWR-L)
Archives: http://listserv.okstate.edu/archives/techwr-l.html,
http://www.documentation.com/, or http://www.dejanews.com/
Subjects: JOB:, QUESTION:, SUMMARY:, ANNOUNCE:, or none of these.


Previous by Author: Re: Follow-up to the followup to RoboHELP question
Next by Author: Re: JavaHelp vs. HTML help
Previous by Thread: What exactly is minimalist documentation?
Next by Thread: Re: What exactly is minimalist documentation?


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads