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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
The subtitle of this book, "The FAQs of Life Online", refers to a common form
of online documentation and reference. A list of "Frequently Asked Questions"
list basic and common questions that people have, along with (supposedly)
expert answers. FAQs are generally undergoing constant maintenance and
updating. They are periodically reposted to specific topical groups and
discussion lists, and are often accessible by various other means.
Savetz maintains a number of such lists, so it is natural that his Internet
guide is written in this style. Question 1.2, in the introduction, in fact,
asks whether the world needs another Internet book. He feels that his guide
has a distinctive, and that the question and answer style makes a fundamental
difference to the work.
I'm not sure that the difference is fundamental, but I do think it was a
valuable exercise, and produced a worthwhile book. The need to answer the
questions keeps sidetracks and diversions to a minimum,. The "frequently" part
also helps keep the book focussed on what most people want; the question,
however, gives the book some added breadth. I note some questions which I am
certainly asked often, and which many Internet guides fail to answer.
The questions are all listed at the beginning of the book, forming a type of
expanded table of contents. This is less helpful than one might suppose, since
one needs to know the area that the question might appear in.
Overall, a concise and informative starting guide, well worth consideration.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994
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