Electronic documents such as electronic mail, Web sites, and hypertext are rapidly becoming major forms of communication.
Electronic media offer many advantages for technical communication, including almost instantaneous transmission of information, easy distribution to a large number of recipients, and the ability to link one text to many others.
There are, however, many situations where printed documents are still the most appropriate form for technical communication. Printed documents, for example, are often more private, secure, permanent, and portable than are electronic documents.
In deciding whether to put your document in electronic or print form, consider your audience's purpose in reading the document, and when, where, and how they will use it.