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Technical Writing


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This book covers all the basic aspects of technical writing and so, it is a one stop reference point for the new writers and even those who are pursuing a career in this field. This book is not restricted to the technical writers. It can be used by anyone who is interested in learning to write well–freshers, technical writers, translators, managers (not related to documentation), students, etc. For those who are looking at making a career in this field, this book will help them understand the concepts of technical writing which will in turn help them make appropriate decision regarding their career choice.

This book will act as a comprehensive reference guide for technical writers, with the objective to teach them the basic concepts (if they are not still aware of it), the various tools used, the use of styles and formats, the language and the sentence structure, and the documentation process that is usually followed. It will also provide information about audience analysis, planning, usability, language, indexing, rewriting, editing, style guides, tools, document design, and checklists.

Makarand (Mak) Pandit says, “This book is a must-have for new entrants as well as professionals. All these years I have been asking my students and colleagues to read the books written by foreign authors. Now I can proudly direct them to this book”.


Contents –

Part I : About Technical Writing
1. Frequently Asked Questions
2. Introduction to Technical Writing
3. Skills of a Technical Writer
4. Documentation Types
Part II : Documentation Development Life Cycle (DDLC)
5. Documentation Process
6. Integrating DDLC and SDLC
7. Planning the Project
8. Determining the Audience
9. Writing
10. Reviewing the Documents
Part III : Post-Writing Process
11. Technical Editing
12. Indexing
13. Looking Back and Ahead – Postmortem
Part IV : Styles and Standards
14. Gook Documentation
15. Quality and Usability of Documents
16. Setting the Standards and Style
17. Guidelines
Part V : Structure of the Document
18. Organizing Information
19. Structuring the Information
20. Parts of a Documents
21. Structuring Various Documents
Part VI : Technical Writer At Work
22. Becoming a Technical Writer
23. Technical Writing as a career
24. Writing and Impressive Resume
25. Attending an Interview
26. At Work
27. Team Culture
Part VII : Language and Checklists
28. A Dozen Punctuation Rules
29. 20 Rules of Effective Writing
30. Frequently Misused Words
31. Checklists
Part VIII : Appendices
A. Localization
B. Graphical User Interface
C. Technical Writing Tools
D. A Comparative Study : Chak De India


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Sajitha Jayaprakash


Himalaya pub