Re: PDF v paper

Subject: Re: PDF v paper
From: Darren Barefoot <dbarefoot -at- MPS-CANADA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 12:06:37 -0800

My two cents worth.

Here are some facts:

1) Humans are creatures of habit and resistant to change.
2) Books have been around for quite some time.
3) On-line documents have not.

On-line documentation is a far superior format. No one can argue that
full-colour graphics, audible instructions and animated screen-shots aren't
superior to a black and white text. Additionally, on-line help can be
content and context-sensitive. A book always opens in the same place.
On-line help can provide faster, cheaper, more thorough assistance to the
average user.

Yet, because of the newness of computers in general and on-line
documentation specifically, people's chronic affection for textbooks and the
obdurateness of human nature, we're stuck with hardcopy for a while yet.

Darren Barefoot
Technical Content Developer

MPS Canada, Vancouver, BC
604.904.0822 ext.112

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