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Let’s face it, a lot of technical documentation reads as ifit had been translated into English from Venutian by a nativespeaker of gibberish. Which is annoying for you and expensive forthe manufacturer who pays with alienated customers and soaringtechnical support costs. That’s why good technical writersare in such big demand worldwide. Now, Technical Writing ForDummies arms you with the skills you need to cash in on thatdemand.

Whether you’re contemplating a career as a technicalwriter, or you just got tapped for a technical writing project,this friendly guide is your ticket to getting your tech writingskills up to snuff. It shows you step-by-step how to:

  • Research and organize information for your documents
  • Plan your project in 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
  • Write computer- and Web-based training courses

Discover how to write energized technical documents that havethe impact you want on your readers. Wordsmith SherylLindsell-Roberts covers all the bases, including:

  • All about the red-hot market for technical writing and how toget work as a technical writer
  • The ABCs of creating a strong technical document, includingpreparing a production schedule, brainstorming, outlining,drafting, editing, rewriting, testing, presentation, and more
  • Types of technical documents, including user manuals,abstracts, spec sheets, evaluation forms and questionnaires,executive summaries, and presentations
  • Writing for the Internet—covers doing research online,creating multimedia documents, developing computer-based trainingand Web-based training, and writing online help

Combining examples, practical advice, and priceless insider tipson how to write whiz-bang technical documents, Technical WritingFor Dummies is an indispensable resource for newcomers totechnical writing and pros looking for new ideas to advance theircareers.

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