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The definitive reference for technical writers, editors, and documentation managers, Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition,has been revised and updated to cover everything from creating screencasts and referencing web sites to writing for wikis.

This award-winning guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from grammar and writing style to typographic and legal guidelines. The authors, who are senior editors and writers at Sun Microsystems, share their extensive experience and provide practical tips and recommendations, including guidance on hiring writers, working with illustrators, managing schedules and workflow, and more.

The third edition of Read Me First features new chapters on:

  • Writing for wikis and encouraging wiki collaboration
  • Creating screencasts, using screencast terminology, and guidelines for writing narration
  • Creating alternative text for nontext elements such as screen captures, multimedia content, illustrations, and diagrams
It also includes new tables for symbol name conventions, for common anthropomorphisms, and for common idioms and colloquialisms. An updated and expanded recommended reading list suggests additional resources.

Synopsis:

The definitive reference for technical writers, editors, and documentation managers, Read Me First A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition, has been revised and updated to cover everything from creating screencasts and referencing web sites to writing for wikis.

This award-winning guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from grammar and writing style to typographic and legal guidelines. The authors, who are senior editors and writers at Sun Microsystems, share their extensive experience and provide practical tips and recommendations, including guidance on hiring writers, working with illustrators, managing schedules and workflow, and more.

The third edition features new chapters on

Writing for wikis and encouraging wiki collaborationCreating screencasts, using screencast terminology, and guidelines for writing narrationCreating alternative text for nontext elements such as screen captures, multimedia content, illustrations, and diagramsIt also includes new tables for symbol name conventions, for common anthropomorphisms, and for common idioms and colloquialisms. An updated and expanded recommended reading list suggests additional resources.

About the Author

The Members of Sun Technical Publications are award-winning senior editors and writers for Sun Microsystems, Inc. 

Table of Contents

1. Mechanics of Writing

2. Constructing Text

3. Writing Style

4. Structuring Information

5. Online Writing Style

6. Constructing Links

7. Writing Tasks. Procedures. and Steps

8. Writing for an International Audience

9. Legal Guidelines

10. Types of Technical Documents

11. Working with an Editor

12. Working with Illustrations

13. Writing Alternative Text for Nontext Elements

14. Documenting Graphical User Interfaces

15. Creating Screencasts

16. Using Wikis for Documentation

17. Glossary Guidelines

18. Indexing

Appendix A. Developing a Publications Department

Appendix B. General Term Usage

Appendix C. Typographic Conventions

Appendix D. Checklists and Forms

Appendix E. Recommended Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780137058266
Author:
Sun Microsystems
Publisher:
Prentice Hall PTR
Manufactured by:
Sun, Technical Publications
Manufactured:
Sun, Technical Publications
Author:
Sun Technical Publications
Subject:
Digital Media - Desktop Publishing
Subject:
Desktop Publishing - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
December 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 7.5 x 1 in 726 gr

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Documentation and Technical Writing
Computers and Internet » Desktop Publishing » General
Reference » Writing » General

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"Synopsis" by , The definitive reference for technical writers, editors, and documentation managers, Read Me First A Style Guide for the Computer Industry, Third Edition, has been revised and updated to cover everything from creating screencasts and referencing web sites to writing for wikis.

This award-winning guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from grammar and writing style to typographic and legal guidelines. The authors, who are senior editors and writers at Sun Microsystems, share their extensive experience and provide practical tips and recommendations, including guidance on hiring writers, working with illustrators, managing schedules and workflow, and more.

The third edition features new chapters on

Writing for wikis and encouraging wiki collaborationCreating screencasts, using screencast terminology, and guidelines for writing narrationCreating alternative text for nontext elements such as screen captures, multimedia content, illustrations, and diagramsIt also includes new tables for symbol name conventions, for common anthropomorphisms, and for common idioms and colloquialisms. An updated and expanded recommended reading list suggests additional resources.

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