Wednesday, September 22, 1999

New MIND Article; URL problem in DDJ Article

The October issue of Microsoft Internet Developer ("MIND")
( contains an article by me, "Browsing
Innovations for Books on CD-ROM." The article describes the novel features
AW and I developed for the Effective C++ CD. This is the introductory
paragraph of the article:

What should a book on a CD-ROM look like? How should it behave? When I
began to think seriously about putting my book, Effective C++
(Addison-Wesley, 1998), onto a CD in the spring of 1998, I didn't
know. From what I could tell by talking to producers and consumers of
existing CD books, nobody else did either.

MIND makes the first part of the article available at their web site as a
teaser. The URL is The material in
the article is quite similar to that in the paper Jason Jones and I
presented at the recent Conference on Human Factors and the web
(, "Document Design for Effective
Electronic Publication". That paper is available at The
material in the MIND article is also similar to what I say in the CD's
introduction, and you can read that at

(I should really be pushing you to track down a copy of the current MIND, I
suppose, but MS was a pain to work with on this article, plus they used the
incorrect product image in the article (the cover for EC++/2E instead of
the EC++CD), so I find it hard to get too excited about pushing you towards

I hope you like the MIND article (or the close cousins I mentioned above),
but please note that these pieces are *not* about C++, they're about
designing electronic documents.

In the meantime, it has been brought to my attention that DDJ munged a URL
during preparation of my article on operator->*. On page 36 of the current
(October DDJ), the correct URL is this:

Typos like this are one of many reasons why working with magazines is a
pain and why I insist on typesetting my own books.


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