book recommendations

Subject: book recommendations
From: "Antico, Tricia" <tricia -dot- antico -at- bain -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 15:46:01 -0500

Dan Roberts wrote:

"I was browsing around on Amazon and found these titles. Can anyone provide
comments about them, either pro or con?

"Starting a Documentation Group" by Peter Martman
"Untechnical Writing" by Michael Brener
"The User Manual Manual" by Michael Brener
"TW 101: a Real World Guide" Alan S Pringle
"Writing Software Documentation" by Thomas T Barker

Any input is appreciated. Thanks!"

Dan, the author of "Starting a Documentation Group" is Peter Hartman (with
an "H"). I own this book and do recommend it--however, I am not unbiased--my
husband was the project leader/graphic designer/marketing dude who worked
with Mr. Hartman to publish this book through Clear Point Press. :-)

Nepotism aside, my impressions of this book were favorable--it's easy to
follow and is especially adept with its advice on *managing* documentation

I also own Barker's "Writing Software Documentation" (I have no familial
relations to this author!) and I love it. I'm a tech writer primarily (not a
project manager), and the book is a useful nuts-n-bolts resource for those
of us on the development end of documentation. It also provides discussion
on planning both paper-based and online docs, which is great if you develop
both (as I do).

Tricia Antico, Online Course Developer
Bain & Co.
Two Copley Place
Boston, MA 02116
phone: 617.572.2703 fax: 617.880.0703

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