...The challenge we run into is a lot of feeback that "searching is too hard"...
Indeed Searching is too hard. I used to have a similar setup and situation with a call center that needed rapid (and simple) access to information on several hundred different products. Indeed, if I only offered Search they would have crucified me.
I stumbled across this amazing technology that allowed them to type just a few letters and instantly locate any information they wanted. And this was eons before AIR or Google or the Magickal RoboHelp Server entered the picture.
I too pushed content out on a daily basis and my users loved my system.
Oh, I guess you might be wondering what I did to make this happen. Yeah, that might be helpful, huh?
I created something known as an Index and populated it with useful terms that made sense to my users. Do an index correctly and teach your users how to use it. I guarantee it will outperform AIR or Google or RoboHelp Server any day of the week.
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Rick, great feedback-- I think we set up the Index, but didn't look at it as a solution. It is a great solution. Do you have any success hints for building an Index. Is the Index wizard a good place to start? Any advice. Thank you!
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Many items will be phrases, and you need to provide access no matter which word the user will key on. For example, the phrase "Naming the Database Server" topic should have entry/subentry combos like this (italics for emphasis only):
Middle tier server
Even single-word items should more than likely be subentries in multiple spots as well as prime entries.