Re: Documentation Quality and Standardization

Subject: Re: Documentation Quality and Standardization
From: punit shrivastava <punitshrivastava -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:06:34 +0530

Hey Guys,
Very helpful views. Thanks for that.
But just one doubt which I would like to get cleared.

When we talk of quality standard of document, is it just about usability
factor for end user?

What about the formatting and look and feel factor of documentation?
Shouldn't such factors also be considered while defining Quality of a
document?

thanks
Punit

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 3:12 AM, Chinell, David F (GE EntSol, Security) <
David -dot- Chinell -at- ge -dot- com> wrote:

> I like to think of delivering value to the reader.
>
> One expression of value is this:
>
> Value = Quality / Cost
>
> However, due to the difficulty of defining meaningful "quality"
> measures, I started thinking of utility. Like this:
>
> Value = Utility / Cost
>
> Utility depends on the reader's purpose -- one can only say whether or
> not something is useful in the context of a purpose.
>
> So in the end I come back to agreeing with John, that you have to
> determine whether or not the reader achieves the result determined by
> the purpose.
>
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References:
Documentation Quality and Standardization: From: punit shrivastava
Re: Documentation Quality and Standardization: From: John Posada
Re: Documentation Quality and Standardization: From: quills
Re: Documentation Quality and Standardization: From: John Posada
RE: Documentation Quality and Standardization: From: Chinell, David F (GE EntSol, Security)

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