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Chapter 3. Writing Style > Stylistic Principles

Stylistic Principles

Keep in mind a few stylistic considerations when writing computer documentation: simplicity, accuracy, and consistency. Two principles underlie stylistic considerations:

  • Time is a valuable commodity. Readers of computer documentation are generally in a hurry. Readers turn to documentation to find answers to problems and are impatient to get on with the task at hand. Write in a style that aids the customer’s speedy understanding of the product.

  • Readers are worldwide. International markets are a significant source of revenue. Documentation is being translated more frequently than ever before.


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