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    Sample Documents (MS Word 97)

    I am new to Technical Writing. I am trying to find some sample Technical Writing Documents to use as a model so I can practice creating them in MS Word 97.

    Does anyone know where I can find some sample documents?
    Reports, Proposals, Reference Guides, Policy Documents, Process Flow, any other common ones?
    Thanks Much

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    Re: Sample Documents (MS Word 97)

    I'd suggest starting at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/index.html>http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/index.html</A>.

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    Re: Sample Documents (MS Word 97)

    Well, it sort of depends on who your audience is... the end user, programmer, internal, etc. What are you looking for?

    If general tech. writing practice is what you're looking for, I learned a trick in the one tech writing course I took. Get one of those cheap-o CD games from the clearance rack of Staples or some such computer store. (the really cheap ones... less than $5) these usually never come with anything more than a CD cover of information. Write a manual about it... how to install it, how to set it up, how to play it... Give it to the most computer illiterate person in the house and ask them to test your manual. (the may involve paying them more than $5 to get them to touch the computer!) Ask them to make any comments on the document... ease of reading, organization, speed of searches, look and feel of the document, etc.

    In terms of Online Help, I have heard that the best example is the help for MS Money. If you want to be marketable as a tech writer... learn Online Help... I started as a tech writer in 1999 and knowing how to create online help (especially with RoboHELP) was a big thing... I'm sure it's 100X bigger now. (now it's more leaning toward HTML help... we use RoboHTML here) Having a basic working knowledge of HTML will help you out too.

    Some books that would be good...
    "Writing Software Documentation: A Task Oriented Approach" by Thomas T. Barker. This gives a good background as to the steps to take in knowing your audience and application and planning your document from there.

    For standards in your writing, get " Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications" by Microsoft Press. Our department, and many others, have accepted this book as their guide to standard terms and definitions. (I believe there is also an online version)

    One last book to look into, to become a Word nut... is "Word '97 Annoyances" by our very own Woody Leonhard, Lee Hudspeth and T.J. Lee. (most companies are still on Word '97 although many have made the jump to Word 2000. Check with <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.WOPR.com>http://www.WOPR.com</A> to see what other books Woody and the gang has come up with)

    I hope that helps. Good Luck!
    have fun

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