Re: White Papers

Subject: Re: White Papers
From: Nora von Gerichten <wlg -at- pacificcoast -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 11:00:25 -0800

Edwin wrote:

What classifies a document as a White Paper as opposed to a standard manual
or reference doc?

Are there any specific points that need to be in a White Paper, and if so,
what?

A White Paper is a reference doc but never a manual. As a public doc, it is a reference. The White Papers I have written and read are public or semi-private documents on updates of where the company is at currently. They vary widely in content, dependent upon the audiences, purposes, and objectives. White Papers are a lot of work, as such, there is always a specific purpose (eg updating a funding source or shareholders). Because they are public documents, the audience part is sometimes a delicate matter (what is stated to funding sources may vary from shareholders). As with everything in business, the objectives may be both stated and hidden.

Nora

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References:
RE: breaking out in technical communications: From: jgarison
White Papers: From: Edwyn Kumar

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