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Hypertext Document Design Training Course

The Hypertext Document Design training course is a one-day study of the theory, techniques, and methods involved in good hypertext document design. This is not a graphical design course; it focuses on the importance of good information structures and writing techniques in Internet, intranet and Help documentation. The three most popular forms of hypertext, WinHelp, HTML Help and HTML, are based on identical fundamental principles, so the skills developed through this course are readily transferred to all types of online document development. The course is one day in duration.

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have gained practical knowledge of hypertext concepts and their application to procedure documents and technical writing. You will understand what makes a good online document, and how to plan, design and structure one.


Before starting this course, you should have a basic knowledge of HTML or Help authoring. The course is principally intended for technical writers and content authors. The course is not specific to any Web or Help authoring tool. 

Course Content

Technologies and Techniques

  • Hypertext Fundamentals
  • Browsers and Viewers
  • Web Servers

Document Design

  • Design Considerations
  • Document Design Issues
  • Development Issues
  • User Issues

Structuring Documents

  • Hypertext Document Structuring Process
  • Outlining Techniques
  • The 7 +/- 3 Rule
  • Mapping Hypertext

Presentation and Writing Style for Online Delivery

  • Technical Writing Techniques
  • Measuring Readability
  • Indexing vs Searching
  • Metrics
  • Graphical Design
  • Colours
  • Graphics

Project Control

  • Estimating
  • File Structure
  • Directory Management
  • Version Control
  • Specific Maintenance Considerations
  • Web Site Management

Standards and Rules

  • Why?
  • Public Standards
  • House Style
  • Internet Style Guide
  • References
  • Best Practice?

Online Publishing Models

  • Publishing Models
  • Single Source Documents
  • What Model to Use
  • Decision Tree
  • XML vs HTML vs HTML Help

To enquire about this course, e-mail Tony Self, or phone HyperWrite on +61 3 9893 4712.


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Your Instructor

This training course is conducted by Tony Self.

Dr Tony Self is recognised as one of the pioneers of hypertext and online documents. He has been involved in documentation and training for his entire career of 30 years. Over the past 20 of those years, Tony has worked specifically in the areas of online help systems, computer-based training, and electronic documents.

In addition to consulting, Tony is an Adjunct Teaching Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology. He is the author of The DITA Style Guide, a Fellow of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communication UK (ISTC), and holds a PhD in semantic markup languages, a Graduate Diploma in Technical Communication, and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.