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Bad manuals rarely reduce sales

Posted by Vishal G R on May 21, 2010 at 7:28 AM Comments comments (0)

After we surrendered our landline connection, all of us – mom, I and my brother forced my dad to start using a cell phone. At last we convinced him to buy one on his condition (he did not want to use a color handset with camera, instead, wished to use a basic model).

A few days ago, I got a blank SMS from his number. I rang him up and asked:

"Hi dad, why on earth did you send me a blank S...

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Few tips for technical writers

Posted by Vishal G R on November 16, 2009 at 4:57 AM Comments comments (1)

Below are few tips to help potential technical writers:

  • Always use standard conventional English; it helps in translating the documents to multiple languages.
  • Write using standard sentence structure.
  • 'KISS the sentence' - Keep it simple and short.
  • You are not writing a philosophical treatise. Write in a simple and clear manner.
  • Keep on rewriting. It increases the clarity and quality.
  • Make the su...
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Definition of technical writing

Posted by Vishal G R on November 16, 2009 at 4:54 AM Comments comments (0)

A technical writer is a person who creates, updates and maintains - user manuals, training manuals, system manuals, white papers and online help along with other documents. They are responsible for writing text that is accurate, readable, accessible, and helpful to its intended audience.

Technical writing is used in fields as diverse as chemistry, the aerospace industry, robotics, consumer electronic products such as VCRs or digital cameras, biotechnology, software, computer hardw...

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