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Keep It SimpleStreamline your documentation      to make it more effective                       Scott Nesbitt
Keep it simple
Are we giving users the help they need, in the way they need it?
1.0 + 2.0 = 1.5?
Go minimal
Ditch the manual
Dont be afraid to cut
Start at the front
Think outside the ToC
Think in terms of topics
Docs asconversation,   literally
Write tightly
Sometimes,more is better
People are looking for advancedtips and tricks. Theyre not lookingfor the basics. Theyre looking forthings that will give ...
Questions?
Resources on the WebWeb site:scottnesbitt.netBlog:weblog.scottnesbitt.netSlideShare repository:www.slideshare.net/scott.ne...
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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.

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  1. 1. Keep It SimpleStreamline your documentation to make it more effective Scott Nesbitt
  2. 2. Keep it simple
  3. 3. Are we giving users the help they need, in the way they need it?
  4. 4. 1.0 + 2.0 = 1.5?
  5. 5. Go minimal
  6. 6. Ditch the manual
  7. 7. Dont be afraid to cut
  8. 8. Start at the front
  9. 9. Think outside the ToC
  10. 10. Think in terms of topics
  11. 11. Docs asconversation, literally
  12. 12. Write tightly
  13. 13. Sometimes,more is better
  14. 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. 15. Questions?
  16. 16. Resources on the WebWeb site:scottnesbitt.netBlog:weblog.scottnesbitt.netSlideShare repository:www.slideshare.net/scott.nesbittTwitter:www.twitter.com/ScottWNesbitt
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