[Libreoffice-qa] The term "Online Help" (was: Use of abbreviations in this ML)

Pedro pedlino at gmail.com
Sat Jan 11 08:19:29 PST 2014

Hi Christian, all

Christian Lohmaier-3 wrote
> Online help is the stuff you had installed to your computer and the stuff
> on paper was the offline variant.

That makes sense :)
I never got the time to read those heavy printed manuals but they did have
some points for them: no need for an internet connection, they were quite
extensive in explaining the features and you could read them anywhere ;)

Christian Lohmaier-3 wrote
> 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.

Wiki does refer to the tool which as you say could change in the future. My
opinion is that possibly the most accurate expression is "Internet Help".
This way people will know that it's on the Internet and if they are not
connected they don't have access to it.

Christian Lohmaier-3 wrote
> 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.

In my opinion Offline is quite clear but maybe people who used printed
manuals disagree...

In any case the most important part is that the name is consistent within

In the download page (http://www.libreoffice.org/download/) they are
referred to as "built-in help" which was true when the help file was bundled
with the installer (I still think TDF should go back to that model) but now
it's a separate download, so it's not really "built-in"...


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