Re: Using forms instead of templates

Subject: Re: Using forms instead of templates
From: "Paul Strasser" <paul -dot- strasser -at- windsor-tech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 09:53:58 -0700

First, recognize the fact that you'll probably have to do some editing of
whatever comes back from the developers. No matter how terrific your form
or doc might be, most developers can't write worth a darn anyway.

We use a series of "fill in the blank" technical docs based on templates
I've created. And regardless of how detailed or specific the headings or
instructions are for a doc, each project will be a bit different, so the
steps or procedures will differ. One client's User Requirements doc will
differ from another client's.

In general, though, a bit of tweaking is a lot easier than completely
re-inventing the wheel for every document for every project.

If your templates are clean and logical, one reasonable step is for you to
let the people who are blank-filling exactly which style is used for a
particular process ("use Body Text for all narratives. Use List 1 for
step-by-step procedures. Use Bullet 1 for unordered lists") Even if they
totally muck it up, you know how to fix it.

Good luck

Paul Strasser
Windsor Technologies
Lafayette, CO

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