Passe sections

Subject: Passe sections
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 1995 23:39:44 -0700

>And anyway, with a menu system, how would you know what to put in each book?

If you're talking about writing in the mindless screen shot (MSS) style,
your manual is neither tutorial nor reference. The usual MSS manual has a
rigid format that doesn't allow inclusion of complete reference information.

By definition, of course, it's not tutorial, unless the program's menus are
task oriented, rather than function oriented. The latter is the usual case.

Some aspects of MSS manuals are good, but basically it's a loser.

Richard Mateosian President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

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