Re: Web Authoring Tool

Subject: Re: Web Authoring Tool
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Brierley -at- QUODATA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 09:25:09 -0500


A good thought for the group to consider, and maybe the original poster,

>>>From: Atkinson, Phil [mailto:Phil -dot- Atkinson -at- braid -dot- co -dot- uk]
>>>Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 1999 9:14 AM
>>>To: 'Brierley, Sean'; TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>>>Subject: RE: Web Authoring Tool
>>>My opinion:
>>>You shouldn't confuse an on-line manual with on-line help.
>>>HTML help is
>>>on-line help in HTML format - it isn't an on-line manual.
>>>The very term
>>>manual suggests hard-copy material and is by its very
>>>definition a different
>>>style and format to on-line help. If you wish to provide
>>>your users with a

I don't confuse an on-line manual with on-line help. However, the original
post is not clear as to what the deliverable will be. Certainly, on-line
help provides documentation in an on-line form. In the case of HTML help, an
index and TOC are provided to navigate a body of text that are viewable by a
browser. The HTML help is very structured and navigable. Certainly, it is
not printable.

Is HTML help an on-line manual? I would argue it can be, if you want. My
preference is PDF. I do not provide on-line HTML help or WinHelp as a
"manual" of any kind, but it seems the original poster might. I am not sure
what the original poster's goal is nor do I know the expectations of their
audience; perhaps I should have asked? Certainly, if I want to put a book
on-line in HTML format rapidly, HTML help tools are a quick and efficient
way to get the job done. So, is on-line HTML help a manual? Group? Anyone?

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

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