Tom Johnson (I’d Rather be Writing) provides an excellent summary of Weinberger’s Everything as Miscellaneous. He says “I have never read a more relevant book for technical communicators than Weinberger’s Everything Is Miscellaneous.” I wholly agree. Weinberger’s book is the seed of my own ideas on Every Page is Page One.
Johnson identifies Weinberger’s central thesis, that the secret to making information findable in a world in which everything is miscellaneous is not organization, but metadata. And he correctly identifies the central problem that this poses: “Exactly how do you add metadata to your help topics? What kind of metadata do you include? And how do allow the user to arrange or call the topics based on the metadata they want to sort by?”