Re: Writing for on-line

Subject: Re: Writing for on-line
From: Scott Miller <smiller -at- CORP -dot- PORTAL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 12:44:43 -0800

Mucho snippage...
...the conclusion that we should write differently for paper and
for online is absurd.

In the sense of writing concisely for any media, that's true, but I've
done the single-source thing, and it doesn't work. Just one example:
there is no print equivalent of an online popup. Using popups makes a
huge difference in how you write and organize information. Also, users
never get "lost in hyperspace" in a book. Print and online are very
different media, and require very different writing approaches. Of
course, good writing is required by both media.

- Scott Miller
Portal Software
smiller -at- portal -dot- com

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