The Evolution Of User Manuals

I bring this article to you courtesy of Forbes.com, as I think it adds enormous pertinence to what I do. You may view the original artical here.

Aaron Fulkerson, 08.09.10, 12:00 PM EDT

Product and services documentation is now a core business asset that can drive revenues.

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Aaron Fulkerson

When people in technology hear the word “documentation” it conjures images of the ’90s, when software shipped on CDs, in boxes, with thousand-page user manuals that were costly to create and bordered on useless to the end user. The teams authoring those materials have been viewed as a cost center, and their products only minimally satiating customer demand for product documentation.

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Technical writing opportunities in South Africa – An opinion.

Technical Writing in South Africa is, in my opinion, very much in its infancy.

In my time as a self-employed contract Technical Writer, I have come to realise that some software development houses would appear to regard a Technical Writer as not dissimilar to that of a glorified typist who would produce something resembling a user manual. The practice of delegating the production of a user manual to the developer or to the marketing department is also one that is used quite often.

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