RE: Starting a new project

Subject: RE: Starting a new project
From: "Leslie Johnson (Wasser)" <a-leslij -at- microsoft -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 09:08:01 -0800

Hi Jason!

You may find that if you structure the manual in a task-oriented way, the
decision becomes easier. This way, the redundant menu screens are less of an
issue (since you're accomplishing a logging in task regardless of which
software you're in). Presumably the two applications are used to accomplish
different tasks, so a natural organization falls out of that as well.

Good luck, and keep us posted!
Leslie Johnson

Jason Logue wrote:

>I'm getting ready to start work on a new manual that will combine
>information from two manuals. The one manual will be for two software
>packages that are slowly being integrated into one fully integrated
>package. The problem, at least for documentation purposes, is that both
>packages have the same main menu screen, log on screen and a few others,
>after a point they are completely different packages. However, they have
>integration buttons and menu features that enable the user to jump back and
>forth between software packages.

>My question and/or concern is concerning whether I should split the manual
>in half or not. Some chapters are going to be redundant if I do that,
>though. If anyone has any design plans, flow charts, or general
>suggestions, I'd appreciate the assistance. If you need more detail
>concerning my project, let me know.

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