This is rather off-topic: You're not working for Oracle by any chance, are you?
At Oracle I had to deal with all four OSes: Win32, Solaris, Linux, and HP-UX. I didn't bother with conditionals, though. We had one manual to cover everything, and put all four in the same manual. I also discovered that the three variations of UN*X had enough differences between them that conditionals within a paragraph or even section wouldn't have been that useful. Just a note. Also, this meant that the technical marketing team decided to list each OS separately instead of just saying "UN*X". This may not be what Linux or HP-UX people want to hear, but I think it's a useful distinction. Joe Malin Technical Writer (408)625-1623 jmalin at tuvox.com www.tuvox.com The views expressed in this document are those of the sender, and do not necessarily reflect those of TuVox, Inc. -----Original Message----- From: framers-bounces+jmalin=tuvox....@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces+jmalin=tuvox.com at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of John Posada Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 2:06 PM To: Combs, Richard; List, Framers Subject: RE: Looking for a technique for applying conditionals > My advice: Use three conditions, Win, Unix, and Both, and three > _complete_ paragraphs, one for each condition. Applying conditions to > a word here and there is just asking for trouble -- extra spaces or > spaces missing, etc. The problem with this part is that we have some applications that run on Solaris and Linux only, some that run on Solaris and HP-UX only, some that run only on Solaris...you get the idea. However, I do agree about the problms with conditionalizing at the word level...just hoping that someone will come out with an "ah HAH!" technique.