Msg#: 8648 posted 10:52 am on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)
I am starting to add reference documentation to my website but find that I am only using html paragraphing and links to provide the information. I notice elsewhere others will decide to use pdf documents within their website for a more professional feel for formal documentation of this type. I must admit, when you compare the two, pdfs look and feel better. Is there any program template to improve the look and feel to documentation using standard html methods?
Msg#: 8648 posted 11:06 am on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)
Trouble is, it's all looks - in every other aspect, the HTML version is far better. PDF files are for printing, not for onscreen display - they take ages to load, they are user-unfriendly, they are inaccessible and they work poorly in the search results.
If you need a good-looking page for printing, you can use a print-only stylesheet to accompany the standard one on your HTML pages.
Using just simple css can do a lot to spruce up the look of your docs. Docs don't have to be layout and interface intensive since they're -- just docs. Just make a linked stylesheet with some simple css declarations for <h1>, <h2>, and <p> or more classes and you'll have nice, easy-to read docs that look real nice too.
It's also nice to use id's for linking to specific parts of your documentation, which I don't think pdf's can do at this stage. Once your docs are loaded, they're cached so switching around to different id's with <a href="docs.html#thisid"> type url's goes real fast, documentation isn't completely reloaded.