Ch 14: Writing Technical Manuals

About This Chapter

Become familiar with writing technical manuals by studying the engaging video lessons in this chapter. To measure your understanding of the material, you can complete the practice quizzes that go with every lesson.

Writing Technical Manuals - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Technical manuals come in handy for a range of different purposes. The lessons in this chapter will make you familiar with several kinds of manuals and how manuals are effectively developed. Our videos are brief but loaded with helpful examples and graphics. They come with transcripts and multiple-choice quizzes as well. You'll get to study content that looks at:

  • How manuals are structured
  • A comparison of print manuals and e-manuals
  • The purpose of standard operating procedures
  • Using single sourcing in manuals

Video Objective
The Purpose, Content & Structure of Manuals Study samples of manuals to understand appropriate tone and the proper organization.
Types & Purposes of Manuals Become familiar with a broad assortment of manual types.
Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals Examine the respective advantages of e-manuals and print manuals.
Issues within Manual Writing Develop awareness of the common issues faced in writing manuals.
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure Learn about the purpose of SOPs and how they look.
The Writing Process for Manuals Analyze the parts that make up the manual writing process along with multiple manual guidelines.

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: Writing Technical Manuals
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Purpose, Content & Structure of Manuals

1. The Purpose, Content & Structure of Manuals

As work tasks and tools become more complicated, well-developed manuals become ever more necessary and prevalent. In this lesson, you'll learn about manuals, including their purpose, content and structure.

Types & Purposes of Manuals

2. Types & Purposes of Manuals

Watch this video lesson to learn about the many different kinds of manuals you can expect to come across at work. You will see that you have manuals for doing various tasks and you have manuals that you give to customers.

Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals

3. Comparing Print Manuals & E-Manuals

When considering how to distribute manuals for a new product, one of the first questions that has to be asked is whether a print manual or an e-manual will be used. In this lesson, we compare the two types.

Issues within Manual Writing

4. Issues within Manual Writing

Manual writing is a crucial part of making any product really usable to the final customer. However, as this lesson will demonstrate, there are a number of issues that the technical writer needs to be aware of.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure

5. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Purpose, Content & Structure

Standardization is key to efficiency and productivity in the business world, and necessary in the technical and scientific realm. In this lesson, you'll learn about standard operating procedures, including their purpose, content, and structure.

The Writing Process for Manuals

6. The Writing Process for Manuals

Writing a manual is one of the most important technical writing tasks imaginable. As you can imagine, it has to be quite a bit more than just a simple 'how-to.' In this lesson, we look at how to make the best manual possible.

User Manual Example for Advanced Technical Writing

7. User Manual Example for Advanced Technical Writing

We will look at an example of a technical user manual. This user manual is written for the use of a magic wand. It only includes the body, not front and back matter.

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