Before sending the completed topic for approval, test and proofread thoroughly. The template makes this much easier, but you should still review each topic carefully.
Here are some suggestions for review and proofreading.
Run the spelling checker, in both British English and American English. )Change the setting in Edit>Preferences>Global>Spelling Preferences.) If you find any discrepancies between the two, see if there is a way to rewrite the text to avoid them.
Check the click boxes and other events for these settings.
Check that everything, including captions, graphics, and text boxes, is set for "no transition."
Test keystrokes carefully in the browser. Some keystrokes, like F1 for Help, Ctr;+N for a new window, and Esc., will not work in the simulation–they will bring up the browser function instead. In these cases, explain in the text of the slide, e.g.:
The next step is to click the 'Help' button. On your desktop, you could also press the F1 key for Help, but not in this simulation.
Accuracy – make sure the content provides the correct information (does it do what it claims to do?) and there are no typos.
Simplicity – make sure the content is easy to follow, try to review the content from different perspectives – basic PC user / power user.
Consistency – make sure the content looks / works consistently on each screen.
Links – check links to make sure they work.
Make errors to make sure error handling works.
When testing the interactive and exercise versions, go through each topic twice–once with all correct answers, then again with all incorrect answers. In the interactive version, you should always see the "Failure caption" after one incorrect click. In the exercise version, you should see the call-out text captions and no failure captions, though in the preview they appear the same. In the exercise version the "correct" run-through should result in a perfect score, the "incorrect" in no score. This will verify that the reporting is correct, and that all failure captions have been removed and all call-out captions added.