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  • 1. What does the iPad 3 mean for Technical Authors? Ellis Pratt Cherryleaf
  • 2. What we’ll cover1. About me2. The players3. What makes these devices different?4. Mobile documents5. Providing Help for apps6. Media synchronization
  • 3. 1. About me
  • 4. Director of CherryleafUK technical writing servicescompanyMy experience is of technicalcommunication in: • UK and Europe • IT & medical equipment
  • 5. 2. The contestants
  • 6. The contestants
  • 7. The contestantsApple iOSGoogle Android (& Kindle Fire)Microsoft Windows 8 RT(“Metro”)
  • 8. The contestantsApple iOSGoogle Android (& Kindle Fire)Microsoft Windows 8 RT(“Metro”)
  • 9. The contestantsApple iOSGoogle Android (& Kindle Fire)Microsoft Windows 8 RT(“Metro”)
  • 10. 3. What makes thesedevices different from PCs?
  • 11. Its the screenMore lifelikeGreater contrast on screens
  • 12. Abandon Your Assumptions?“The TOC must be onthe left”“Scrolling vertically isbetter” Image: Michael Campbell
  • 13. Abandoning Assumptions Karen Schriver
  • 14. Abandoning Assumptions“ As designers, we tend to think that peoplestart at the top left and just move left to rightand down the page.But research shows that isn’t what Karen Schriverhappens.....”
  • 15. “ ... People are attracted primarily tocontrast,which is one of the key visualprinciples that has been studied byresearchers again and again.Contrast is created by differences in light and dark, thick and thin, big and small.” Karen Schriver
  • 16. We can do things differently“Deep learning” onscreen is now possible
  • 17. We can do things differentlySome print compositiontechniques now work onscreen
  • 18. Using print composition theoriesWe can use a horizontal,paper metaphor Kress and Van Leeuven
  • 19. We can do new fancy stuff
  • 20. It’s haptic“Tactile feedback technology”Device can vibrateYou can pinch and zoom toview some content
  • 21. It’s aware of your locationIf the user choosesYou can provide geo-specificinformation
  • 22. We can do fancy stuffWe can create skeuomorphicdesigns
  • 23. 4. Mobile documents
  • 24. Types of mobile documentsElectronic Flight BagStudent text booksMagazinesOperations manuals
  • 25. Two competing models
  • 26. Two competing models Format and content are Publishing inseparable Format and content are Technical Publications separate issues
  • 27. Two competing models Format and content are Publishing inseparable Format and content are Technical Publications separate issues
  • 28. Two competing models “We’re about to usher in a golden age of PDFs on the iPad.” Paul Ford @fttrain via Karen McGrane
  • 29. PDFs work wellCan pinch and zoomLarge file size?
  • 30. EPUBs less soFormatting can be an issueTablesImagesLimited video format supportEquationsLinking
  • 31. If you want more structured contentHTML5 may be yourbest bet
  • 32. So is it all rainbows and kittens? Image: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • 33. 5.Providing Help for apps
  • 34. Limited traditional online HelpLimitations of iOSLeave the app to read HelpHelp authoring tools issues
  • 35. A different type of HelpThe product descriptionbecomes Help“First user” interactionHelpTouch terminologyNo settled standards
  • 36. Flow-based User AssistanceGuide and pre-emptHelp is embedded intothe product
  • 37. Web-based appsYou’ll still have:• Retina screen• Portrait and landscape mode• Touch and haptic interactionswhen HTML5 is adopted
  • 38. 6. Mediasynchronization
  • 39. Media SynchronizationNot exclusive to iPads ortabletsHTML5X-Ray movies on KindleFire HD
  • 40. Demonstration
  • 41. Summary
  • 42. Plus ça change (plus cest la même chose)?User Assistance will still be there, but indifferent placesWe’ll need to deliver content on differentdevices, in different formatsWe’ll be using some new (old) designmetaphorsHelp Authoring tools and HTML5 will solve alot of the problems we see today
  • 43. For more information Free monthly newsletter ellis@cherryleaf.com
  • 44. Questions?
  • 45. End(c) Cherryleaf 2012