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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
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.
Technical Content Developer
MPS Canada, Vancouver, BC