re-online Help proposal

Subject: re-online Help proposal
From: Robert Bennett <RBENNETT -at- TECHDATA -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 13:43:42 -0500


I have never had to bid a Help project, but I have written plenty of
them. I hear that the rule of thumb is to allow about four hours per
topic. Plus or minus a bit for all the obvious factors. That sounds
reasonable to me, but with more time, I can do a better job.

Context sensitive Help is not a technical problem, it's a communications
problem. Developers routinely establish the necessary "Help context
IDs" (numbers) that uniquely identify each screen or field. That much
is probably already done.

You must get these numbers from the developers and associate them with
your Topic IDs (usually in the .hpj file or a separate text file).
Developers can be difficult about this. I know of one case where the
Help author finally got the necessary hexadecimal notation.
If you have the RoboHelp office suite, the "BugHunter" can read these
numbers directly from the running program in base 10 (yippee).

I have never met the developer willing to participate in field-level
Help (too much communication...).

I hope this helps,

Bob Bennett

From ??? -at- ??? Sun Jan 00 00:00:00 0000=

Previous by Author: CD-R Question
Next by Author: Re: CHAT: how times have changed
Previous by Thread: proposal development tracking tool
Next by Thread: Question on Correct way to use Web

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads