Because I'm eventually going to make my design document public I was thinking today about the format, and what I should use to make it (it is currently in Microsoft Word .doc format). I was re-reading Drew Sikora's discussion of Online Design Documents
in Game Design Perspectives
, and was considering going down that route. The basic idea of his article is to create a HTML template for document sections, and maintain a number of links to previous, next, and above sections. However, it seems like a lot of housekeeping work, especially if you want to start inserting new sections half way through development. I'd rather spend my time on the actual content, and let the editor worry about re-numbering the sections.
It looks like I'll be sticking with Microsoft Word and the .doc format. Most of the examples I've found use that, plus there are free .doc viewers available for those who don't actually own Word. I'm making liberal use of a number of its features:
- Proper use of styles allows the document to be reformatted easily
- Table of contents and section numbers are updated automagically
- Cross references and comments make the writers job easier
Any alternative suggestions are welcome though [smile]