Re: Need help - Quick intranet "style" question

Subject: Re: Need help - Quick intranet "style" question
From: Marilynne Smith <marilyns -at- QUALCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 15:11:24 -0700

I apologize. The QUALCOMM external site is at the following address:

At 2:38 PM -0700 4/22/98, Marilynne Smith wrote:
>Look at the Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM web sites. They're pretty
>conservative. QUALCOMM too has a pretty conservative intranet page
>(in-company site) where departments do their own thing within certain
>guidelines. Look at the web sites of companies who are in the same or
>similar business.
>The internet site (a public site) is more glitzy, but still fairly
>conservative. I am convinced that this is the trend. Unless you are
>actually selling something from your site, stay conservative.
>You can see the QUALCOMM web site at
>At 3:55 PM -0500 4/22/98, Christine Fedruk wrote:
>>Hi everyone,
>>Looking for real-world advice, here... We discussed this topic
>>on-list last fall, but those archived posts don't have the info
>>I'm looking for now. Would appreciate your help!
>>Here's my situation: I'm at the helm of our "intranet
>>initiative" and my primary goal is to set up a page template and
>>style sheet for the technical documentation that's changing
>>from paper to web-based format. (I'm in an in-house systems
>>development group, and most of our docs are used by internal
>>production system support groups.) We're pretty new at the
>>whole intranet thing but are zippily moving ahead, templates or
>>We've nailed down the site structure and content pretty well
>>-- my stumbling point right now is style and page layout. It's
>>my belief that colored text, script fonts, and colored /
>>textured backgrounds have no place on our technical
>>documenation intranet sites. The other writers seem to really
>>enjoy using them, though... and they point out lovely Intranet
>>sites to back themselves up. I'm not arguing against creativity,
>>but this is an internal company intranet, and our typical reader
>>is a time-pressed technician who just wants to find the latest
>>release notes and figure out what went wrong. Hmm.
>>So here's the question:
>>If you use an intranet at your company, is technical
>>information available on it? And if so, does it look fairly
>>vanilla, or do your writers/designers use "creative" fonts and
>>formatting? (If you're willing/able to share any style sheets
>>you've developed, that would be a big bonus. :->)
>>I'm a newsgroup reader these days, so a direct reply would be
>>great. I will summarize to list if there's interest.
>>Thanks much,
>>Chicago, IL
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> Marilynne Smith Sr. Technical Writer
> QUALCOMM marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com
> "We'll have the whole world talking"

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Marilynne Smith Sr. Technical Writer
QUALCOMM marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com
"We'll have the whole world talking"

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