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Evaluating the Usability of Collapsible Sections (or jQuery’s Content Toggle)

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After my post on Organizing Page-Level Content, a couple of people asked me about the usability of collapsible sections, also known as content toggles or dropdown hotspots. These are sections that are collapsed upon initial display and then expand when clicked. You can implement collapsible sections in several ways. In Flare, you can insert drop-down Continue Reading »

The Blame Game of RTFM

It may surprise you to find that the wikipedia entry for RTFM is a actually longer than the Wikipedia entry for technical communication. For the uninitiated, RTFM stands for “Read the F____ Manual.” Substitute your favorite adjective there for F. Flipping, frickin, fantastic, fine, friendly, etc. The RTFM response captures the disconnect between technical writers Continue Reading »