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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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Keep It Simple Keep It Simple Presentation Transcript

  • 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 them more ofan edge. ­ Tim OReilly
  • Questions?
  • Resources on the WebWeb site:scottnesbitt.netBlog:weblog.scottnesbitt.netSlideShare repository:www.slideshare.net/scott.nesbittTwitter:www.twitter.com/ScottWNesbitt