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Ch 6: Technical Document Design

About This Chapter

Within this entertaining chapter on technical document design are fun video lessons that can teach you about visual graphics, footnotes, formal technical reports, and more. The lessons in this chapter are especially valuable when prepping for a test or catching up on missed class time.

Technical Document Design - Chapter Summary

These lessons on technical document design will bolster your understanding of how writers can make technical documents more accessible to readers. You can also gain a clearer understanding of why a glossary and footnotes are used in technical documents. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Explain the role of visuals in communication
  • Distinguish between textual graphics and visual graphics
  • Outline ethical consideration when using visuals to communicate at work
  • Discuss use of an appendix in technical documents
  • Recount layout and design practices for technical documents
  • Describe differences in formal and informal technical reports
  • Relate design strategies for accessible technical documents

These video lessons on technical document design can help you quickly grasp the topics presented. You can review all the lessons in order or just focus on the topics you still need to comprehend. Check your knowledge of concepts covered by taking a brief quiz that's available for each lesson. Track your progress from the dashboard that also enables you to submit questions to experts.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Technical Document Design
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The Role of Visuals in Communication

1. The Role of Visuals in Communication

Visuals used in business communication can help with message development. This lesson will explain how the use of visuals can increase understanding, development, communication, and the retainment of a message.

Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics

2. Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics

Textual and visual graphics can aid in visually presenting data to a business audience. You must first identify the type of data you will be presenting and then decide whether it is details, patterns or relationships being communicated.

Ethical Considerations When Using Visuals in Workplace Communication

3. Ethical Considerations When Using Visuals in Workplace Communication

There are important ethical considerations when using visuals in workplace communication. This lesson covers specific guidelines that individuals can follow to ensure that the visual message is an appropriate representation of the truth.

Glossary, Footnotes & Appendix in Technical Documents

4. Glossary, Footnotes & Appendix in Technical Documents

Often, a technical writer will need to provide additional information to the reader that doesn't fit smoothly into the main text of the document. This video explains how that extra information can be included as part of a glossary, footnote, or appendix.

Layout & Design of Technical Documents

5. Layout & Design of Technical Documents

Being a clear writer is only half the battle when it comes to technical writing. In addition, you should make sure that your pages are laid out and designed clearly. This lesson provides guidance on how to do both.

Comparing Informal & Formal Technical Reports

6. Comparing Informal & Formal Technical Reports

Being able to compose both formal and informal technical reports is a crucial part of any role with an organization. In this lesson, we look at the difference, focusing on both oral and written reports.

Design Strategies for Accessible Technical Documents

7. Design Strategies for Accessible Technical Documents

The complexity and poor accessibility of technical documents is a well-known and often parodied fact. This lesson provides strategies for improving the utility and accessibility of common consumer-facing technical documentation.

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