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Hi Lillia, In my opinion, adoption of some of these cool new technologies is slow within tech comm because they're mobile-oriented but mobile is only penetrating tech comm slowly. The risk, again in my opinion, is that these technologies will be used in tech comm-type ways but by people outside tech comm. The effect will be to sideline tech comm from this type of work. Something to consider... Regards, Neil
I think ebooks are fantastic. Delivering technical docs in ebook format provides immense potential that simply isn't possible with "traditional" books. With ebooks (and other electronic formats) you embed movies, audio, slideshows, and other multi-media items. I've seen enhanced ebooks with Flash-based tutorials embedded directly within a "page." In my mind, ebooks are a replacement/alternative for *online* content (since it is self-contained, you don’t necessarily need a live internet connection) -- as opposed to printed material. It is important to remember, too, that ebooks are not limited to stand-alone readers (Nook, Kindle, etc.). You can quite easily access an ebook on your PC. This makes it *much* more portable than traditional Help files (ever try reading HTML-based help on your Kindle?). As to your original question of "what does STC say about docs in ebook format"... the answer is apparently "not much" .... See http://stc.org/component/search/?searchword=ebook&ordering=&searchphrase=all :(
Of course, I meant, "Apparently Adobe did not anticipate anyone wanting to do this."
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