Re: Proving an MS standard

Subject: Re: Proving an MS standard
From: "Jeanne A. E. DeVoto" <jaed -at- jaedworks -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 12:37:55 -0800

At 7:09 AM -0800 2/15/2001, Scott Turner wrote:
>>At 1:38 PM -0800 2/14/2001, Scott Turner wrote:
>>>The real problem is that there is no table of contents, there is no
>>>index. You cannot effectively search the book. A real reason not to
>>>use HTML for online documentation.
>>What relationship are you trying to draw between "lacks a TOC or index" and
>>"presented in HTML"? Surely you're not suggesting either that a printed or
>>PDF book could not lack these necessary features, or that a set of HTML
>>documents could not have them?
>My POINT is that the requirement of a specific browser, the lack of
>cross-references in the current offering is exactly what I said, less
>than effective. [...]
>I have monitored this list long enough to know that when technical
>writers encounter this sort of shoddy work, they are very vocal
>revealing it. Am I to be corrected or brought to task simply because
>the owner of the information is Microsoft?


What I said - and what you originally said, for that matter - have nothing
to do with the requirement of a specific browser, the lack of
cross-references in a partcular document, or the evils of Microsoft.

You condemned the HTML format for online documentation because one document
in HTML is poorly organized. If we couldn't use any format that made it
possible to present information without basic tools such as a TOC or index,
we'd have a very difficult time indeed.

jeanne a. e. devoto ~ jaed -at- jaedworks -dot- com

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