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Let s face it, a lot of technical documentation reads as if it had been translated into English from Venutian by a native speaker of gibberish. Which is annoying for you and expensive for the manufacturer who pays with alienated customers and soaring technical support costs. That s why good technical writers are in such big demand worldwide. Now,
Technical Writing For Dummies arms you with the skills you need to cash in on that demand.
Whether you re contemplating a career as a technical writer, or you just got tapped for a technical writing project, this friendly guide is your ticket to getting your tech writing skills up to snuff. It shows you step-by-step how to:
Research and organize information for your documentsPlan your project in a technical briefFine-tune and polish your writingWork collaboratively with your reviewersCreate great user manuals, awesome abstracts, and moreWrite first-rate electronic documentationWrite computer- and Web-based training courses
Discover how to write energized technical documents that have the impact you want on your readers. Wordsmith Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts covers all the bases, including:
All about the red-hot market for technical writing and how to get work as a technical writerThe ABCs of creating a strong technical document, including preparing a production schedule, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, editing, rewriting, testing, presentation, and moreTypes of technical documents, including user manuals, abstracts, spec sheets, evaluation forms and questionnaires, executive summaries, and presentationsWriting for the Internet covers doing research online, creating multimedia documents, developing computer-based training and Web-based training, and writing online help
Combining examples, practical advice, and priceless insider tips on how to write whiz-bang technical documents, Technical Writing For Dummies is an indispensable resource for newcomers to technical writing and pros looking for new ideas to advance their careers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 187.96 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0764553089
  • 9780764553080
  • 309,218

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"Technical Writing For Dummies is a must-have reference for both the aspiring and seasoned technical writer." - Carol Szatkowski, CEO, Clear Point Consultants, Inc. "This book puts you on a good track for designing and writing documents your readers will really appreciate. It gives many useful tips (even for seasoned writers)." - Greg Bartlett, Director of Documentation of The Mathworks, Inc. and President of Society for Documentation Professionals "Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts does a remarkable job of balancing examples and practical advice as useful to those new to technical writing as it is to pros looking for ideas to apply to upcoming projects." -Tonya Price, former OpenAir.com Director of On-line Marketing and President, Association of Internet Professionals-495 Massachusetts Chapter

Get tips on writing computer- and Web-based training courses

Find out what it takes to produce terrific technical documents Whether you're contemplating a career as a technical writer or you just got tapped for a technical writing project, this friendly guide is your ticket for getting your tech writing skills up to par. Wordsmith Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts shows you step-by-step how to get organized, write clearly, and produce everything from spec sheets to online help systems.

Discover how to: Plan your project with a Technical Brief Fine-tune and polish your writing Work collaboratively with your reviewers Create great user manuals, awesome abstracts, and more Write first-rate electronic documentation

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Table of contents

Introduction.

PART I: What It Takes to Write Technical Documentation.

Chapter 1: Accelerating Your Career the "Write" Way.

Chapter 2: The Person to Whom You're Speaking.

PART II: The Write Stuff.

Chapter 3: Creating a Team and a Plan.

Chapter 4: Don't Be a Draft Dodger.

Chapter 5: Visualize This!

Chapter 6: Going In for a Tone Up.

Chapter 7: Dotting the Eyes and Crossing the Tees.

PART III: Types of Technical Documents.

Chapter 8: The Ultimate User Manual.

Chapter 9: Writing in the Abstract.

Chapter 10: Writing Spec Sheets.

Chapter 11: How Am I Doing? That Is the Question(naire).

Chapter 12: I Came, I Spoke, I Conquered.

Chapter 13: Executive Sum-Upmanship.

PART IV: Computers and More.

Chapter 14: Doing-Research-Online.com.

Chapter 15: Sights and Sounds.

Chapter 16: Computer-Based Training (CBT).

Chapter 17: Web-Based Training: CBT on Steroids.

Chapter 18: Creating Online Help.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Make Your Technical Documents Shout "Read Me!".

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Publishing in a Technical Journal.

Chapter 21: Ten Things to Know about Filing a Patent.

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Writing a Grant Proposal.

Appendix A: Punctuation Made Easy.

Appendix B: Grammar's Not Grueling.

Appendix C: Abbreviations and Metric Equivalents.

Appendix D: Technical Jabberwocky.

Index.

Book Registration Information.
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About Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts

Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts runs business-writing seminars for Fortune 500 companies and is the author of several books, including For Dummies guides to business writing and business letters.
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