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Technical Writing. Methodology 101. What is Technical Writing?. Taking complicated subject matter and transforming it into easy-to-understand information for the reader. What do Tech Writers create?. User’s manuals System manuals Step-by-step procedures On-line help Training manuals

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Technical Writing

Methodology 101


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What is Technical Writing?

Taking complicated subject matter and transforming it into easy-to-understand information for the reader.


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What do Tech Writers create?

  • User’s manuals

  • System manuals

  • Step-by-step procedures

  • On-line help

  • Training manuals

  • Quick-reference guides

  • How-to video scripts


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The Process. . . .

1. Define the project

2. Estimate project hours

3. Retrieve, analyze & synthesize

4. Design the project

5. Write

6. Edit/Revise

7. Deliver


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1. Define the Project

  • Who will read the document?

    • Executives

    • System Analysts

    • Clients

    • Operators


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1. Define the Project

  • What’s the Style?

    • Persuasive

    • Motivational

    • Instructional

    • Procedural

    • Historical


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1. Define the Project

  • What type of document do you need?

    • Printed reports

    • Books

    • Fact Sheets

    • Videos

    • CDs

    • On-line

    • A combination of print & electronic


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1. Define the Project

  • What resources are available?

    • Time

    • People

    • Equipment


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2. Estimate Project Hours

  • Estimated time includes:

    • Research

    • Interviews

    • Information Entry

    • Document Design

    • Revisions


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2. Estimate Project Hours

Document ItemEstimate

(hrs/item)

By the page8-12

Procedure8-12

Glossary term1

Reference topic3-4

Window3-6

Field1

Button.25

Graphic 2


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3. Retrieve, analyze & synthesize

  • Organize your sources

    • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

    • Existing documentation

    • Software testing

    • Internet research

    • In-house resources

    • Library


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4. Design Project

  • Tools

    • The Chicago Manual of Style

    • RoboHELP

    • Visio

    • Inspiration

    • MS Word

    • Framemaker


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5. Write

  • Writers write

    • They sit with information and tools. . .

    • . . . and they write.


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6. Edit & Revise the Document

  • The content is reviewed & edited for:

    • Accuracy

    • Clarity

    • Consistency

    • Conciseness

    • Usefulness

    • Organization

    • Style

    • Format

    • Grammar, Spelling

    • Punctuation


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7. Deliver The Project

  • It’s well thought-out & edited

  • Tailored to the customers needs

  • A reflection of comprehensive methodology


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Laura has over 14 years’ experience in corporate communication and marketing for major corporations.

As an internet marketing consultant, she plans and executes internet marketing strategies for over 50 firms.

Laura's recent internet marketing & technology related articles have been featured in international magazines.

Her writing and research serves as the knowledge base for the Inc.com and Small Business Association sponsored site for Internet Advertising and Marketing.

Laura granted Sybex Computer Books rights to distribute her work "PowerPoint Presentations and Templates" on the CD-ROM accompanying their book Mastering Office 2000 Premium Editionby Gini Courter and Annette Marquis.

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