[Libreoffice-qa] The term "Online Help" (was: Use of abbreviations in this ML)
xuacusk8 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 11 07:08:37 PST 2014
Hi Christian, all
Even if I follow mailing lists, I still find OLH quite confusing.To
avoid this kind of issue, I'd suggest to rename OLH to something like
Integrated Help or On Board Help, and Wiki Help to something more
descriptive like Internet Help. Oh, and it might fall back to IH in
both cases to keep us amused ;)
Just my two ¢...
2014/1/11 Christian Lohmaier <lohmaier at googlemail.com>:
> Hi Pedro, *,
> Am 11.01.2014 12:50 schrieb "Pedro" <pedlino at gmail.com>:
>> [abbreviations or the term Online Help]
> To make a long story short: this term comes from a time when you would buy
> software in a box and get a thick printed manual along with the installation
> Long version follows…
> Online help is the stuff you had installed to your computer and the stuff on
> paper was the offline variant.
> Back in the days there was no internet, let alone flatrates. And in the
> early days of internet, people gathered in newsgroups that were easy to
> handle offline, sync within a few seconds of expensive connection time.
> It also happens that a lot of the people who were gathering in those groups
> also joined the OpenOffice.org project once it was announced, and later then
> moved to LibreOffice. They took their vocabulary with them, and by just
> talking with each other on the lists, new members got to know the
> Now a lot of people without any previous experience join, and now we also
> have a web-based help, so I agree that the clear-back-then term became
> ambiguous, even misleading.
> At least I refer to the web help as "wiki help", but that it uses a wiki is
> irrelevant and also might change in future. Just calling the web based one
> Online help doesn't cut it either as it has been used with a different
> meaning for was more than a decade.
> So let's hear some suggestions. I assume everyone will understand which one
> is meant when they read the term "Offline Help" in isolation. If you
> disagree, please also suggest a different term for that.
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