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Subject:Re: Writing for on-line From:Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- AXIONET -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 18 Feb 1998 20:13:40 -0500
Scott Miller <smiller -at- CORP -dot- PORTAL -dot- COM> wrote:
>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.
What you say, of course, is true. No medium is exactly like another, and
it may be that single-sourcing is never going to be completely
successful. But, in many cases,the full advantages of the on-line medium
aren't used in single-sourcing anyway.
Moreover, since single-sourcing is increasingly expected, we need to
start thinking how to accomplish it. I suggest that the way to start
that thinking is to stop emphasizing the differences in media, and to
start thinking about the similarities.
Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
(bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com) (604) 421-7189 or 687-2133 X. 269
www.outlawcommunications.com (updated 17 Feb 1998)
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