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1 IT Applications Theory Slideshows By Mark Kelly Types and contents of On-screen user documentation

2 Contents What qualifies as ‘onscreen’? Pros and Cons: onscreen vs printed Types – Quick-start guide – Tutorial – Content-sensitive help – User Manual – Technical reference – Installation guide (bolded ones are required knowledge)

3 ITA U4O1 Note Your onscreen user documentation should explain how to re-use the solution in the future, not how the solution was created. You need to explain how someone should use your spreadsheet and produce the output. Do NOT explain how the solution was created. E.g. don’t explain how to use VLOOKUP

4 Onscreen? It’s intended to be seen onscreen rather than to be printed. Does NOT include: Word, PDF which are meant to be printed. Does include: web pages, multimedia animation, Flash, multimedia slideshow in kiosk mode so user controls navigation

5 How to identify onscreen documentation Multimedia Lots of graphics – still pictures, graphs, photos Hyperlinks, buttons Animation, video, screen movies Audio – music, sound effects, voice recording

6 Storing onscreen documentation On CD/DVD Website Slideshow Electronic help file Screen recording

7 can be accessed anywhere, anytime without the need for electricity, computer equipment or internet connection is usually better written due to more careful editing will still be readable even after many years and after many changes to file systems, disk formats, compression technologies etc which can render electronic documents inaccessible. Advantages of printing

8 Disadvantages of printing bulky expensive to ship very expensive to print in colour slow to update hard to search no active links between related sections difficult and expensive to copy wears out with regular use can get lost

9 instantly updateable can use animation, video, audio etc can be interactive easy to search hyperlinks connect related sections free use of colour easy to copy and distribute advantages of onscreen

10 need electricity, a computer and often internet to read it very hard to read in bright sunshine some locations (e.g. beach, factory, aircraft) are not computer-friendly usually can't easily underline sections or add comments some people find it very hard to read onscreen Disadvantages of onscreen

11 Quick start guide Brief introduction to a product Just enough information for the user to get it started Only covers very basic introductory operations

12 Tutorial Actually teaches users Step-by-step lesson covering how to use the product. Often example-based

13 Content-sensitive help Electronic help built into the product that responds to what the user is currently doing. e.g. if they have a table formatting dialogue box open and they press F1, the first help topic offered would relate to table formatting. Also called context-sensitive help.

14 User Manual Complete and detailed information on every aspect of the product, used for random reference by the user. Tip – use as few words as possible for an international audience

15 Technical reference For experts only, not average users Detailed information on how the product is built How to modify, repair, extend it Troubleshooting

16 Installation Guide Very brief leaflet showing how to install the hardware or software Usually printed rather than electronic

17 Good onscreen documentation Clear – easy to read and understand Concise – as few words as possible Comprehensive – nothing left out Current - up-to-date Correct - accurate Controllable – easy to use & navigate

18 Features Onscreen documentation shares many features with interface design. Refer to the Interfaces slideshow and Design Elements slideshow for more info on things like: – Contrast – Typefaces – Colour schemes – Whitespace

19 By Mark Kelly These slideshows may be freely used, modified or distributed by teachers and students anywhere on the planet (but not elsewhere). They may NOT be sold. They must NOT be redistributed if you modify them. IT APPLICATIONS SLIDESHOWS

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