I want to give the Dorico tech writing team some feedback on how they could potentially increase adoption. The Dorico users manuals are terrific, but I think with some few tweaks, they could be much more useful.
The first is SEO. Usually when I want to figure out how to do something in Dorico, I search Google. Unfortunately, the way you have the documentation structured, the search results inevitably lead to out of date documentation from an older version of Dorico, even when searching explicitly for “Dorico Pro 5”. SEO is outside my area of expertise, but I know it’s possible for you to give hints to search engines, either with meta tags or through better URLs that give a better chance of your end users ending up in the correct place.
Secondly, it would be fantastic if your online documentation contained more hyperlinks, especially when telling users where to find certain features. For example, on the Beaming Page , you state the following:
There are many different accepted standards for how to present beams, so Dorico Pro offers a number of customizing options. You can find these options on the Beams page in Engraving Options.
This isn’t particularly helpful to a new user. Where is Engraving Options? Maybe click on the Engraving tab and look under the Engraving menu? That would seem logical. Nope. Now, a new user still doesn’t know to do the thing they are trying to do. They’ve got to do another search through your documentation to figure out how to access Engraving Options. If that were a hyperlink to the Engraving Options dialog page, you could save new users so much time and frustration. I’m betting there is a tool out there that could largely automate much of this, in fact.
Thank you for considering this request.