Re: xref vs link

Subject: Re: xref vs link
From: Jason Huntington <JasonH -at- CAPTURA -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 15:26:22 -0800

Joe et al,

The approach you describe may be a little askew. Rather than making a
blanket links-per-unit-text judgement (a Procrustean bed at best), and
then fitting your needs into it, take a step back from the problem and
do some preparation such as:

* Make a map of your information and a story board of your site.
* Make a heavily hyperlinked prototype and a more linear
prototype, and then test their relative usability.

Let your research and preparation educate your decisions.

This approach will save you agony and time, and makes your end product
easier to justify/sell, too.

Respectfully,

Jason R Huntington
Senior Technical Writer
(425) 487.9484 x146

Captura Software, Inc.
You may be losing money by waiting.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Malone [SMTP:joe -at- VNETTECH -dot- COM]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 1997 3:14 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: xref vs link

I wrote a hardcopy manual once and simply loaded it with
cross-references, feeling proud that a reader could get anywhere
they
needed to go (the xrefs included page number). Reaction was
negative.

Now I'm preparing to do html files for a browswer. Figured I'd
load it
with referenced links between files. But will this still be a
turnoff -
should I duplicate lots of info to minimize jumping around?
Compromise?


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