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14.6. Concerning videos

Video is becoming an increasingly important part of technical communications. It is often users who are taking the lead and producing their own how-to videos on YouTube, but professional technical communicators are catching on, too. How-to videos are almost always Every Page is Page One in nature.

Unless they are part of a planned video curriculum, such as on lynda.com, videos are usually self-contained. It is perhaps even more important with a video than with text to make sure that the video is self-contained and functions independently. Because videos can’t contain links and don’t support skipping and skimming, your users can’t construct their own curriculum, at least for the duration of the video. Therefore, a video ...

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