The definitive reference for technical writers, editors, and
documentation managers, Read Me First! A Style Guide for the
Computer Industry, Third Edition,has been revised and updated
to cover everything from creating screencasts and referencing web
sites to writing for wikis.
This award-winning guide to creating clear, consistent, and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from grammar and writing style to typographic and legal guidelines. The authors, who are senior editors and writers at Sun Microsystems, share their extensive experience and provide practical tips and recommendations, including guidance on hiring writers, working with illustrators, managing schedules and workflow, and more.
The third edition of Read Me First features new chapters on:
Writing for wikis and encouraging wiki collaboration
Creating screencasts, using screencast terminology, and guidelines for writing narration
Creating alternative text for nontext elements such as screen captures, multimedia content, illustrations, and diagrams
It also includes new tables for symbol name conventions, for
common anthropomorphisms, and for common idioms and colloquialisms.
An updated and expanded recommended reading list suggests