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By Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts

Let’s face it, loads of technical documentation reads as though it were translated into English from Venutian via a local speaker of gibberish. that's tense for you and costly for the producer who can pay with alienated shoppers and hovering technical aid charges. That’s why strong technical writers are in such mammoth call for around the world. Now, Technical Writing For Dummies hands you with the abilities you want to profit from that demand.

Whether you’re considering a profession as a technical author, otherwise you simply acquired tapped for a technical writing undertaking, this pleasant consultant is your price tag to getting your tech writing abilities as much as snuff. It indicates you step by step how to:

  • Research and manage info to your documents
  • Plan your undertaking in a technical brief
  • Fine-tune and varnish your writing
  • Work collaboratively along with your reviewers
  • Create nice person manuals, striking abstracts, and more
  • Write fine digital documentation
  • Write laptop- and Web-based education courses

Discover find out how to write energized technical files that experience the influence you will have in your readers. Wordsmith Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts covers the entire bases, including:

  • All concerning the red-hot marketplace for technical writing and the way to get paintings as a technical writer
  • The ABCs of constructing a robust technical rfile, together with getting ready a creation time table, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, modifying, rewriting, trying out, presentation, and more
  • Types of technical files, together with person manuals, abstracts, spec sheets, overview varieties and questionnaires, govt summaries, and presentations
  • Writing for the Internet—covers doing learn on-line, growing multimedia records, constructing computer-based education and Web-based education, and writing on-line help

Combining examples, functional suggestion, and valuable insider the best way to write whiz-bang technical files, Technical Writing For Dummies is an quintessential source for rookies to technical writing and execs trying to find new rules to strengthen their careers.

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Proofread! Proofread! Proofread! Part III: Types of Technical Documents In this part, you find tips for whiz-bang user manuals, abstracts, spec sheets, evaluation forms and questionnaires, executive summaries, and presentations that leave your audiences clamoring for more. Part IV: Computers and More No technical writing book would be complete without focusing on the power of the computer and the Internet. Although electronic documents follow many of the same basic guidelines as paper documents, they do have their own unique flavors.

Some of these people may have taken writing courses, but most have no training in writing a cohesive document. These “technical writers” often overlook steps to share with their readers because these steps are obvious to them. And they probably haven’t identified the needs of their readers. They write what’s important to them. 2. These same gurus may draft documents and then turn the drafts over to technical writers to edit, format, and polish. Unless the technical writer has an opportunity to learn the subject matter intimately, many of the steps that may have been overlooked by the guru aren’t identified by the writer or editor.

This writer wasn’t able to identify the details that a potential employer wants answered. Therefore, it was obvious that he couldn’t identify the details that his audience needs. You must be able to anticipate the questions your readers will ask, and you must answer them. Know your readers and their requirements. Unlike a letter that you may write for a specific reader, you often write a technical document for a diverse group of readers. You must understand their needs in order to determine how you write the document and whether print or electronic media is appropriate.

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