The Complete Guide to Writing & Producing Technical Manuals / Edition 1

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A step-by-step guide through the entire process of preparing and publishing high-quality technical manuals

The Complete Guide to Writing and Producing Technical Manuals shows the reader how to create clear, well-organized technical manuals for any equipment, simple or complex. Requiring no specialized background knowledge, this unique guide lays out all the aspects of the job—from initial concept to final publication. The author draws on more than twenty-five years' experience as a technician and technical writer to provide authoritative, easy-to-follow instructions on how to organize detailed technical information into a finished, high-quality technical manual.

Major topics include:
* Planning procedures for technical manuals
* Manual types and arrangements, including operation manuals, maintenance and repair instructions, illustrated parts lists, and more
* Layout and format, including sample page layouts
* Writing style and technical editing techniques
* Front matter and introductions
* Illustration and table preparation, including typical charts, diagrams, and illustrations
* Preparing camera-ready copy
* Printing and binding
* Organizing a technical handbook department
* And much more

Fully illustrated and supported by handy appendices and a glossary of technical terms, The Complete Guide to Writing and Producing Technical Manuals is an indispensable reference for all engineers, scientists, and technical writers who need to produce effective, professional technical manuals.

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A guide to creating technical manuals for any equipment, covering types of technical manuals and their arrangement, planning procedures, layout and format, writing style and technical editing techniques, illustration and table preparation, and printing and binding. Useful for engineers, scientists, and technical writers. Includes a glossary of technical terms, and appendices on punctuation, abbreviations, and footnotes, mathematical and scientific terminology, and the metric (SI) system. Contains b&w illustrations and photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471122814
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/23/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

LESLIE M HAYDON is a technical writer and technician who has produced technical manuals for both the military and private industry for over twenty-five years. In addition to serving as an electronics technician with the Royal Australian Air Force, he has worked for Philips Electronics and Ontario Hydro. He is currently employed as a technical writer for the Canadian aerospace industry.

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Table of Contents

Technical Writing as a Career.

Technical Manuals and Handbooks.

Planning a Technical Manual.

Publishing Systems.

Layout and Format.

Manual Writing Style.

Preparing a Manual Specification.

Front Matter and Introductory Material.


Table Preparation.


Maintenance and Repair Instructions.

Illustrated Parts Breakdown.

Appendixes and Addenda.

Amending Manuals.

Preparing Camera-Ready Copy.

Printing and Binding.

The Technical Editor.

A Technical Handbook Department—From Concept to Operation.


Glossary of Technical Terms.



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