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   please post an abstract with product announcements...

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  • From: MarkH@i2.co.uk
  • To: perl-xml@listserv1.ActiveState.com
  • Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 09:30:11 +0100

i often open a README.TXT to find "here is the latest version of xyz widget"
along with a list of enhancements, improvements and so on, but not one line
explanation of what xyz is or why i should want to use it, so i sigh and
leave its delights unknown...

...and similarly for announcements to this list!!!

please don't assume that everyone knows what your widget is or why they
might be interested in it, and remember that many of us don't have the time
to go and find out what every new thing is. even people who've seen it
before may appreciate a reminder, and anyone searching past posts will have
more success finding and understanding relevant announcements.

so please....

...include a short abstract describing what it is you are announcing,
preferably with a couple of lines about when and why someone might use
it/not use it, and of course a link to more detailed information. i
recommend that this information be concise and very near the top, where it
is immediately visible for people who don't know the product and easily
skipped by someone who knows it already.


Agile HTML Editor
  Agilic Corporation

PS I wrote the above for the perl-xml list at activestate.com but hope
people don't mind my cross-posting to other lists I use which also feature
product release/update announcements.


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