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Slides for a presentation that I gave at FSOSS 2009 on keeping documentation simple and direct to make it more effective.

Slides for a presentation that I gave at FSOSS 2009 on keeping documentation simple and direct to make it more effective.

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  • 1. Keep It SimpleStreamline your documentation to make it more effective Scott Nesbitt
  • 2. Keep it simple
  • 3. Are we giving users the help they need, in the way they need it?
  • 4. 1.0 + 2.0 = 1.5?
  • 5. Go minimal
  • 6. Ditch the manual
  • 7. Dont be afraid to cut
  • 8. Start at the front
  • 9. Think outside the ToC
  • 10. Think in terms of topics
  • 11. Docs asconversation, literally
  • 12. Write tightly
  • 13. Sometimes,more is better
  • 14. People are looking for advancedtips and tricks. Theyre not lookingfor the basics. Theyre looking forthings that will give them more ofan edge. ­ Tim OReilly
  • 15. Questions?
  • 16. Resources on the WebWeb site:scottnesbitt.netBlog:weblog.scottnesbitt.netSlideShare repository:www.slideshare.net/scott.nesbittTwitter:www.twitter.com/ScottWNesbitt