Process

Preparation

Planning your structured writing project – an overview

Planning your structured writing project - an overview

November 11th, 2012

Moving to DITA or structured writing involves a systematic approach to convert legacy feature-orient[...]

Creating the documentation plan

Creating the documentation plan

November 4th, 2012

A Documentation Plan is a broad technical writing project plan covering all the execution, schedule,[...]

Establishing primary purpose

Establishing primary purpose

September 1st, 2012

What do you want your readers to know? The answer to this question will help you in establishing y[...]

Identifying audience types

Identifying audience types

September 1st, 2012

This article explains the different types of audience and the ways to identify the audience. You c[...]

Audience Profiling

Audience Profiling

September 1st, 2012

What do you do after analyzing your audience? You have already classified your audience as technic[...]

Research

The political SME

The political SME

November 9th, 2012

Due to many reasons, these experts have some reasons as to avoid giving the right information to you[...]

The clueless SME

The clueless SME

November 8th, 2012

Most experts, who are not sure of the information that they need to provide, fall into this category[...]

The not-so-good-at-writing SME

The not-so-good-at-writing SME

November 7th, 2012

A good amount of experts are not comfortable penning down their ideas. They have all the required te[...]

The starved-for-time SMEs

The starved-for-time SMEs

November 6th, 2012

More technical writers work with SMEs who began falling into this category than earlier. The dynamic[...]

The You-Know-Nothing SME

The You-Know-Nothing SME

November 5th, 2012

These technical experts consider technical writers as non-technical, ignorant people who focus only [...]

Organizing

Outlining

Outlining

September 3rd, 2012

Broadly speaking, outlining methodology serves as the framework to enclose information in a logica[...]

Basics of DITA

Basics of DITA

September 1st, 2012

According to Wikipedia, "The Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is an OASIS standard XM[...]

Writing

Readability is the key

Readability is the key

July 16th, 2014

In the context of user assistance and documentation for the end user, readability refers more to the[...]

Writing your first draft

Writing your first draft

September 3rd, 2012

  Technical content creation is done in a series of steps. First conduct research, and deter[...]

Review

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Checklists in documentation

September 3rd, 2012

Having a comprehensive checklist is like covering an entire, voluminous style guide in a nutshell. I[...]

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Consistency: Editors’ winning tip

September 3rd, 2012

Editing is all about four C’s. CLEAN – Text is free of errors. CONCISE – No redundancy in the tex[...]

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Copy edit lingo

September 3rd, 2012

Copy editing is one of the levels of editing in DDLC. Copy edit focuses on detailed review for gramm[...]

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All the proof you need….

September 3rd, 2012

Proofreading is the final stage in the editorial process – the final quality control (QC) check-thro[...]

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Employing self review in documentation

September 3rd, 2012

It is appeasing to the eye and mind to read information that is crisp, easy to grasp, and error free[...]

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Resources

Understanding Source Documents – E-Book

Understanding Source Documents - E-Book

July 24th, 2013

Techitive Press presents the second E-Book for ready reference - Understanding Source Documents. [...]

E-Book – Technical Writing Process – An Overview

E-Book - Technical Writing Process - An Overview

July 15th, 2013

Techitive Press presents small E-Books for ready reference. [...]

Understanding articles

Understanding articles

September 22nd, 2012

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Self Review Checklist

Self Review Checklist

September 16th, 2012

Grammar Verify the text for spelling mistakes and typographical errors. Verify the text fo[...]

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