Writing Software Manuals: A Practical Guide

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This guide and reference is designed for anyone who is responsible for writing software documentation for computer users. The focus throughout is on the writing - not the production - of software manuals, and does not assume knowledge of any specific computer. It covers topics such as types of manuals; writing the first draft; style; graphic elements; rewriting and editing; writing the appendices, glossary and index; testing the manual; and online documentation, as well as examples of bad writing and layout with suggested improvements.

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This guide and reference is designed for anyone who is responsible for writing software documentation for computer users (both programmers and end-users). The focus throughout is on the writing — NOT the production — of software manuals, and does not assume knowledge of any specific computer. Covers topics such as types of manuals; writing the first draft; style; graphic elements; rewriting and editing; writing the appendices, glossary and index; testing the manual; and online documentation. Includes examples of bad writing and layout, together with suggested improvements. For technical writers and for analysts, programmers, managers, directors in software firms.

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