RE: handbook vs training manual

Subject: RE: handbook vs training manual
From: "Sarah Bouchier" <Sarah -dot- Bouchier -at- exony -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 13:48:50 +0100

I think your best bet is to start off by thinking about how your
audience are going to use this manual. Are most of them going to read
it through thoroughly, digest it and understand it before starting? If
so, write a training manual. Or are most of them going to flip straight
through to the bit they want (which is what I'm betting will happen in
practice)? If so, write a handbook.


>I have only dabbled in technical writing, but this seems more like a
>training manual than a handbook. It also has multiple audiences in mind
>nonprofit executive staff, nonprofit workers, government staff- and
>include procedural, conceptual, reference and instructional types of
>Am I correct in thinking this is more of a training manual? And will I
>better off approaching this from the instructional design angle, with
>learning objectives etc?

Sarah Bouchier
Technical Author


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