Common Desktop Environment: Help System Author's and Programmer's Guide

Collaborate with the Help Author

Close collaboration with the online help author is needed because the author needs to know how each context-specific topic is reached and the programmer needs to know what is explained in each context-specific topic. Without such coordination, the user may see irrelevant, ambiguous, or misleading information.

Collaboration makes the best use of the programmer's understanding of the application and the author's understanding of how to best communicate relevant information to the user.