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Published on May 9, 2007

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Technical Writing:  Technical Writing Methodology 101 What is Technical Writing?:  What is Technical Writing? Taking complicated subject matter and transforming it into easy-to-understand information for the reader. What do Tech Writers create?:  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 The Process. . . . :  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 1. Define the Project:  1. Define the Project Who will read the document? Executives System Analysts Clients Operators 1. Define the Project:  1. Define the Project What’s the Style? Persuasive Motivational Instructional Procedural Historical 1. Define the Project:  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 1. Define the Project:  1. Define the Project What resources are available? Time People Equipment 2. Estimate Project Hours:  2. Estimate Project Hours Estimated time includes: Research Interviews Information Entry Document Design Revisions 2. Estimate Project Hours:  2. Estimate Project Hours Document Item Estimate (hrs/item) By the page 8-12 Procedure 8-12 Glossary term 1 Reference topic 3-4 Window 3-6 Field 1 Button .25 Graphic 2 3. Retrieve, analyze & synthesize:  3. Retrieve, analyze & synthesize Organize your sources Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) Existing documentation Software testing Internet research In-house resources Library 4. Design Project:  4. Design Project Tools The Chicago Manual of Style RoboHELP Visio Inspiration MS Word Framemaker 5. Write:  5. Write Writers write They sit with information and tools. . . . . . and they write. 6. Edit & Revise the Document:  6. Edit & Revise the Document The content is reviewed & edited for: Accuracy Clarity Consistency Conciseness Usefulness Organization Style Format Grammar, Spelling Punctuation 7. Deliver The Project:  7. Deliver The Project It’s well thought-out & edited Tailored to the customers needs A reflection of comprehensive methodology About the Speaker:  About the Speaker 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 Edition by Gini Courter and Annette Marquis.

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