[thelist] How to do nonlinear instructions?

Stephen Rider evolt_org at striderweb.com
Fri Nov 21 12:00:25 CST 2008

Hi All --

I have a freeware software package -- it works in tandem with  
WordPress.  There is a pretty wide breadth of installation  
possibilities, based on the user's server, how their site is  
organized, and so forth.

I'm trying to figure out a good way of doing instructions for  
installation.  I have some already, but it's difficult to write them  
well because of all the variables.

I sort of have an idea of a branching path, where it asks questions  
and then gives you directions based on the answers, but short of  
manually setting up about a hundred pages, I don't know how I would do  

Another possibility is to do a wiki -- each type of installation could  
be broken into discrete steps, and then each step could be a separate  
page and thus be somewhat reusable.  Easier to write, harder to follow.

Does anyone have any ideas for how to best proceed with something like  

The software in question is here:


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