Re: documenting "features"

Subject: Re: documenting "features"
From: "Campbell, Art" <artc -at- NORTHCHURCH -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 12:51:33 -0400

I think you've found a high-level bug. I just tested the 4
programs I've got up in front of me, and all of them have
working keyboard shortcuts no matter which state the NumLock
is in.

Fix the bug and your doc problem goes away...


Art Campbell
Technical Publications
Northchurch Communications
Five Corporate Drive
Andover, MA 01810
978 691-6344

-----Original Message-----
From: Kathryn Northcut [mailto:KNorthcut -at- TASC -dot- USDA -dot- GOV]
Sent: Monday, May 17, 1999 1:01 PM
Subject: documenting "features"

Here's the situation: Software documentation. Purpose: data entry for
various purposes. Problem: they have to have NumLock on to use the
keypad to enter numbers into the fields, BUT with NumLock on, the
keyboard shortcuts for access to the menus are disabled (i.e., the ALT
key doesn't work).

In the documents I inherited, users were pushed to use the keyboard
because it's faster than the mouse (I know, that's debatable, but not the
point). Fact is, there are LOTS of menu options and almost all of them
comes with a shortcut/accelerator sequence.

I must document this **feature** now, telling users to toggle NumLock off
and on if they want to use both they keyboard shortcuts to menus AND
the keypad for numeric entries. I am documentationally disabled because
I have no user profiles, but my own use of the programs tells me that
they keypad and menus are just about equally important, so I can't just
disregard one or the other.

Does this strike anyone else as a little strange or cumbersome? It's a
slow day and I could use brilliant ideas and/or moral support.


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