On-line docs

Subject: On-line docs
From: Melissa Hunter-Kilmer <mhunterk -at- BNA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 1995 14:55:01 EST

I've been out on vacation for a while and don't know how to access the
techwr-l archives, so please excuse any repetition.

1. Are there any generally accepted rules of thumb as to what should be
put on line and what (if anything) should go in hard copy?

2. How do we handle levels of help? For instance, how do we manage to
answer the various needs, such as (whoops! that's another thread) "What
the heck is this?", "How do I use it?", "Why would I want to do that?",
and "Why on earth did the machine do what it did?" Bonni Graham addressed
this issue a while back, and I think others probably have some worthwhile
input here too.

3. Can anybody recommend a good seminar on on-line docs? I've gotten a
bazillion come-ons in the mail, but I'd rather hear some personal
recommendations from techwhirlers.

4. Does anybody know how to get at the techwr-l archives?


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P.S. By the way, a while back I asked what people would call a tech writer
in French. I did have occasion to tell a French friend that I am a
redacteur technique, and she figured that I probably worked for a
newspaper. Oh, well, close enough for casual conversation.

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