QUERY: File associations

Subject: QUERY: File associations
From: Geoff Lane <geoff -at- GJCTECH -dot- CO -dot- UK>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 1999 16:55:44 +0100

Hi All,

I'm currently writing a tutorial for a Windows-based product. While
performing some functions, this product writes log files (with the extension
'.log') to its log directory. I have to document how to view these log

the procedure goes something like:

1. From the Tools menu, choose "View Logs". The Logs folder opens.
2. Double-click the log file that you want to view.
* If the LOG extension is associated with a program,
then the log file opens in that program.
* If there is no such association, Windows opens the
"Open With" dialog box. In this dialog box, select
a suitable text editor (for example, Notepad) ...

One of the SMEs insists that I instruct the users to check "Always use this
program to open files of this type". However, this worries me because it
changes things for the whole operating system (not just for the product).
IMO, I should tell the users the purpose of this check box and leave them to
make the final decision.

What do you think?


Geoff Lane
Cornwall, UK
geoff -at- gjctech -dot- co -dot- uk

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