Tech Write Tips

July 3, 2006

Screen Portrait Mini’s

Filed under: Best Practice,Technology — AndyR @ 5:00 pm

Further to our discussions about screen portraits (our cell shaded alternative to screen shots) Another case for the importance of screen portraits is the fact that Vista Super Tooltips enable you to include images in the popup pane.

These images can provide graphical clues about the use of a function, or provide a preview of the dialog that will appear when an operation is selected.

These inevitably nudge us back towards providing more screen shots, and therefore greatly increase the maintenance load on the online help (or should we now say User Assistance). If a screen portion or layout is adjusted you suddely have a stack of updating to do in the help files.

Screen portraits enable you to include these graphical enhancements to toolstips and topics, but minimise the maintenance cost. You should not need to update the images unless a screen or function has been completely revised. If this is the case you would likely want to revisit the help in any case.

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