Explore technologies for generating screenshots from machine-readable specs
Readers love screenshots. Especially in the User Guide, I think they add quite a lot. But they're hard to maintain. A while back I heard somewhere about a tool which would allow documentation writers to specify how a screenshot should be taken in an application. Conceivably, with a tool like this, screenshots would:
- look more consistent
- automatically display the application in the same language as the guide
- be easy to update en masse to follow stylistic application changes (e.g. Shoreditch)
This sounds great, but maybe too good to be true. I can also imagine it being quite hard to use a tool like this. I'm curious though.
I think it could be neat to research this some more and see what tools are out there and how easy it would be for us to adopt them.