New Edition of _Read Me First!_ Available

Subject: New Edition of _Read Me First!_ Available
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 15:21:20 +1000

Sun Technical Publications is pleased to announce the
release of the third edition of the industry-leading
style guide _Read Me First! A Style Guide for the
Computer Industry_. This guide to creating clear, consistent,
and easy-to-understand documentation covers everything from
writing style to creating lists and procedures to managing
schedules and workflow.

The third edition features new chapters on:

* Writing for wikis and encouraging wiki collaboration

* Creating screencasts, using screencast terminology, and
guidelines for creating narration

* Creating alternative text for nontext elements such as
screen captures, multimedia content, illustrations, and

It also includes new tables for symbol name conventions,
for common anthropomorphisms, and for common idioms and

To quote STC Fellow Dr. JoAnn Hackos, "It brings together
a wealth of knowledge that all technical communicators must
have to succeed."

_Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry,
Third Edition_ is available through Safari Books Online
at The
print edition will be available in mid-October.

Free Software Documentation Project Web Cast: Covers developing Table of
Contents, Context IDs, and Index, as well as Doc-To-Help
2009 tips, tricks, and best practices.

Help & Manual 5: The complete help authoring tool for individual
authors and teams. Professional power, intuitive interface. Write
once, publish to 8 formats. Multi-user authoring and version control!

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