Single Sourcing, 1st Edition

Building Modular Documentation

 
Single Sourcing, 1st Edition,Kurt Ament,ISBN9780815514916
 
 
 

  

William Andrew

9780815514916

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229 X 152

This style guide explains in plain language and by example how to develop single source documents. It shows technical writers how to develop standalone information modules, then map these modules to a variety of audiences and formats.

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Description

Single sourcing is more than mechanical document conversion. It is an information development strategy. Although it is often confused with the process of converting paper-based documents into online formats, single sourcing is a writing strategy that enables technical writers to develop centralized information modules, then map them to distinct audiences and media.
For technical writers, single sourcing means modular writing and information mapping. Rather than developing information for a given format, such as a user guide or online help, technical writers develop information modules at the element (section, paragraph, and sentence) level. They then map these information modules to preselected audiences and media.

This guide explains in plain language and by example how to develop single source documents. It shows technical writers how to develop standalone information modules, then map these modules to a variety of audiences and formats using proven information mapping techniques. In essence, the guide provides a flexible framework for modular technical writing that can be applied to any audience in any medium.

Readership

Technical writers and editors that want flexible framework for developing successful single-source documentation. Technical publications managers who want to standardize corporate publications to improve quality and save time and money. Teachers and students who want to learn successful single sourcing techniques that are actually used in corporate environments.

Kurt Ament

Affiliations and Expertise

Infotektur (Germany), former Hewlett Packard & Boeing

Single Sourcing, 1st Edition

About Single Sourcing
What Is Single Sourcing?
Reasons for Single Sourcing
How Single Sourcing Works
Types of Single Sourcing
Successful Single Sourcing
Building Documents
Step 1: Identifying Modules
Step 2. Labeling Modules
Step 3. Organizing Modules
Step 4. Building Modules
Step 5. Editing Modules
Step 6. Organizing Documents
Step 7. Cross-Referencing Documents
Step 8. Converting Documents
Step 9. Testing Documents
Step 10. Developing Guidelines
Structuring Content
Captions
Cross-References
Definition Lists
Examples
Figures
Front Matter
Glossaries
Headings
Indexes
Itemized Lists
Notes
Organization
Procedures
Processes
Section Contents
Tables
Tables of Contents
Topics
Troubleshooting Scenarios
Configuring Language
Abbreviations
Capitalization
Parallel Construction
Person Punctuation
Sentence Construction
Tense Voice
Leveraging Technology
Conditional Text
Conventions
Development Tools
Filenames
Localization
Search Engines
Variables
Glossary
Index

Quotes and reviews

"The book is an easy read and is chock full of tips and guidelines." -Ann Rockley
 
 
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