Re: Start at the very beginning...

Subject: Re: Start at the very beginning...
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 10:33:56 -0400

Thank you, Mike, for putting the cart back behind the horse.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike O.
> Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2005 10:28 AM
> Subject: Re: Start at the very beginning...
> Arrghhh! Why always the templates and the style guides and
> the content management?
> Do you have a file server on the LAN? Good, there's your
> central system to get started with. Just make a sensible
> directory structure and put your documents there. Once you
> outgrow that, then you can shop for another system. You'll
> know your requirements better.
> Just start writing and delivering the documents your company needs.
> That will be enough of a challenge, and will buy you a lot
> more instant credibility than templates and style guides.
> Follow your good sense for style and formatting. It'll be
> consistent for now, since you are the only tech writer. After
> a while, you can identify your nicest documents and use them
> to derive a template.
> A style guide is something to work on in between critical deliverables
> - it's not your first deliverable.
> Once you have a reputation for delivering the right docs at
> the right time, it'll be a lot easier to introduce and
> enforce templates and style guides later.

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