Check out the new online help for Windows
Longhorn SDK! If you haven't already heard, Longhorn is the next release
of Microsoft Windows and was released as a developer preview at the Professional
Developer's Conference (PDC) last week in Los Angeles, California.
The LHSDK help system's annotation feature is awesome. Officially known as "Microsoft
public discussion" it allows you to add comments, code samples, questions, and anything
else (including Linux taunts, apparently) to any online help topic.
As a writer, I have vociferously lobbied for this sort of interactive user
affordance (AND MORE) for years. Kudos to Andy
Oakley and Sara Williams for
implementing a truly kick ass feature.
The best thing about LHSDK annotations is that users can subscribe to an RSS
feed for a particular topic. As a writer, this is a killer feature because I
can "watch" my topics, respond to user questions in a threaded discussion in
near real-time, and correct technical errors in or improve my topics more quickly
and appropriately for the next RTW or RTM. As a user, subscriptive annotations
are a killer feature because they allow me to ask a question about a particular
help topic and then monitor that topic via my newsreader for a response.
For more information about this killer, killer feature, see Sara's write
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