Table of contents for Fluid user manual

Daphne Ogle daphne at
Wed Jun 4 17:05:15 UTC 2008

+1  This sounds like a great structure to meet our goals of easy  
access and the distinction between the kinds of deliverables we are  


On Jun 3, 2008, at 4:52 PM, Paul Zablosky wrote:

> I agree. We have the "release manual" material, which tracks the  
> releases, and the "other user manual material" which is under  
> constant development. My own feeling is that we should set up a  
> single table of contents to reflect this.  The (virtual) user manual  
> would comprise two sections, organized something like this:
> Release Manual
> Component descriptions
> API descriptions
> Component-related tutorials
> Release notes
> Downloading
> etc
> User Guide to Fluid
> UX Toolkit
> User Experience material
> OSDPL material
> VULab material
> other exciting stuff
> We're pretty close to this now.  I'd like to have only one ToC, just  
> to give our readers a single starting place for their excursions  
> through our documentation.  But I'm interested to hear other's  
> opinions on this.
> Paul
> Daphne Ogle wrote:
>> Reading this thread, I keep wondering what other avenues we have  
>> for letting the community know about Fluid UX projects that might  
>> be useful to them (Higher Ed personas, content management use  
>> cases) yet is not part of the release.  The release date doesn't  
>> put a stake in the ground for this material as it does with  
>> components, APIs and the such.  It is continuously growing and  
>> becoming more refined.  So in that sense it doesn't really make  
>> sense for it to be part of a release manual.  On the other hand,  
>> these things are a valuable deliverable for the communities.  Do we  
>> need a separate jumping off point (perhaps TOC) for UX Projects/ 
>> Toolkit and deliverables?
>> -Daphne
>> On Jun 2, 2008, at 4:37 PM, Paul Zablosky wrote:
>>> This whole exercise of creating a virtual user manual has raised  
>>> all sorts of interesting questions.  I'm delighted to see these  
>>> things being discussed as the ToC evolves. Is it a release manual  
>>> (our original objective), or a manual for people using any of the  
>>> resources of the Fluid project (something it may be morphing into)?
>>> I'm inclined to let it develop a bit, but keep discussion going on  
>>> important issues, such as how we keep release-specific content  
>>> distinguished from release-independent stuff -- the issue  
>>> Anastasia addressed.  We'll need a few guidelines to keep things  
>>> under control.  I offer the following for discussion:
>>> Content that is associated with the Fluid software releases should  
>>> be readily identifiable  and easily found by the release  
>>> consumers.  Right now we have it as the first sections of the  
>>> ToC.  We should keep it this way until we come up with a more  
>>> logical setup.
>>> Annotations should give the user a age without clicking on it. We  
>>> should always keep that in mind when composing or editing them.
>>> Section annotations should help the users decide if the material  
>>> in the section is going to be generally of interest to them.
>>> The ToC should not have any child pages.  Pages with manual-only  
>>> content should be attached to a central "Manual" parent page, if  
>>> they have no other logical home.
>>> The ToC has now grown to about 2 1/2 scrollable screens in size.   
>>> At some point it may become unwieldy.  I have been toying with the  
>>> idea of have cloakable sections but I'm not sure this is a good  
>>> idea.  It would mean the user having to click rather than scroll.
>>> What this whole scheme needs is some user testing.  Is it doing  
>>> its job of making the Fluid reference material more accessible to  
>>> consumers of the Fluid deliverables?  How can we find out? We may  
>>> not be ready for that yet -- we may want to do a few more rounds  
>>> of refinemen hing to keep in mind.
>>> Paul
>>> Colin Clark wrote:
>>>> Allison,
>>>> On 2-Jun-08, at 5:55 PM, Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>>>>> I think the main impetus for adding this section was that we  
>>>>> wanted to share out the results of the Content Management  
>>>>> Research as a way of reporting on the state of UX in the Fluid  
>>>>> communities (which I believe is one of the Fluid deliverables).  
>>>>> After adding this, I realized that the results of the UX  
>>>>> Walkthroughs are also something that we should probably share.  
>>>>> I'm not entirely sure the OSDPL working group belongs there, but  
>>>>> I added it at the last moment to publicize that effort and maybe  
>>>>> it should be deleted. I guess the question is, who is the  
>>>>> audience of the manual and would they find this information  
>>>>> helpful (or conversely does the manual become overwhelming for  
>>>>> most of our audience when it is included)?
>>>> The nice thing about not freezing our documentation in PDF format  
>>>> is that we can take some time to work out this question and  
>>>> change the table of contents whenever we decide. :)
>>>> Colin
>>>> ---
>>>> Colin Clark
>>>> Technical Lead, Fluid Project
>>>> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
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>> Daphne Ogle
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>> University of California, Berkeley
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Daphne Ogle
Senior Interaction Designer
University of California, Berkeley
Educational Technology Services
daphne at
cell (510)847-0308

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