Include Comments and Notes

A Spreadsheet-based DSS should be well documented. Paper documentation is usually not however appropriate. A DSS developer may want online narrative documentation, but in context notes and comments can be especially helpful to users.

In MS Excel, to add a comment to a cell right-click the cell and then click Insert Comment. Alternatively, select the cell that you want to add a comment to and on the Review tab, in the Comments group, click New Comment. In the pop-up box, type the comment text. When you finish typing the text, click outside the comment box. A red triangle appears in the upper right corner of the cell and positioning the mouse over the triangle displays the comment.

appeared in DSS News 08/04/02, updated 01/16/2013