Writing and designing manuals

Writing and designing manuals

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How should a technical writer analyze user needs? What types of photos and drawings work best in technical publications? How do you avoid ambiguous wording in safety warnings? qIf you want to find out the best way to sew on pockets, don't ask the president of the shirt company. Ask the person working on the line, someone who has sewn on 10, 000 pockets.q This opening statement of the preface to Writing and Designing Manuals, 2nd Edition reflects the overall tone and philosophy of this practical, qhow-toq guide to technical publication writing and design. Based on the authors' experience as teachers and consultants with technical writers, the book follows new trends and incorporates new materials on desktop publishing, techniques for visuals, safety and product liability, and production of translated materials for international markets. There are also many new sample manual pages from manuals provided by product manufacturers. The decisions writers must make when producing a manual are presented, as well as techniques for organizing office structures and writing teams to make the manual production process run as smoothly as possible. The language in the book is clear, direct, and unacademic, and the principles featured in the book can be applied to writing manuals for a variety of products, including household, automotive, chemical, industrial, mechanical, recreational, and biomedical. Discover how to analyze user needs, determine which photos and drawings will work best with publications, and design clear, effective safety warnings. Anyone faced with the task of preparing user documentation, service manuals, and other technical publications must have this book. Managers in charge of hiring technical writers or developing technical writing departments will find the book invaluable.consider how the following situations demand simplicity and nontechnical clarity in written instructions: a€c The housewife ... An 80-year-old man learning to use a computer? ... The 50-year-old independent auto mechanic servicing an older car ?

Title:Writing and designing manuals
Author:Gretchen H. Schoff, Patricia A. Robinson
Publisher:CRC Press - 1991


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