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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the DSST Technical Writing: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Basics of Technical Writing
- Prewriting for Technical Documents
- Technical & Business Writing Techniques
- Technical Editing & Rewriting
- Formatting Technical Documents
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing
- Reports Designed to Inform
- Reports to Persuade & Make Recommendations
- Business Report & Proposal Basics
- Technical Instructions
- Writing Technical Manuals
- How to Write Proposals
- DSST Informational Resources
- DSST Technical Writing Flashcards