A Handbook for Writers and Editors

Author: Michelle Carey,Moira McFadden Lanyi,Deirdre Longo,Eric Radzinski,Shannon Rouiller,Elizabeth Wilde

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0133118975

Category: Computers

Page: 587

View: 9436

The #1 Guide to Excellence in Technical Communication--Fully Updated for Embedded Assistance, Mobile, Search, Multimedia, and MoreDirect from IBM's own content design experts, this guide shows you how to design product interfaces and technical information that always place users front and center. This edition has been fully revised to help you consistently deliver the right content at the right time. You'll master today's best practices to apply nine essential characteristics of high-quality technical information: accuracy, clarity, completeness, concreteness, organization, retrievability, style, task orientation, and visual effectiveness. Coverage IncludesAdvocating for users throughout the entire product development processDelivering information in an ordered manner by following progressive disclosure techniquesOptimizing content so that users can find it from anywhereStreamlining information for mobile deliveryHelping users right where they areWhether you're a writer, editor, information architect, user experience professional, or reviewer, this book shows you how to create great technical information, from the product design to the user interface, topics, and other media. Thoroughly revised and updatedExtensive new coverage of self-documenting interfaces and embedded assistanceUpdated practical guidelines and checklistsHundreds of new examples.
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A Handbook for Writers and Editors

Author: Gretchen Hargis

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 311

View: 8597

Straight from IBM's own software documentation experts, this is the first practical guide to developing excellent technical influence. From start to finish, you'll learn how to create documentation that's easy for users to find, understand, and use. Discover how to make sure your documentation focuses on the tasks and topics users care about. Learn style points and organization techniques that help users access information quickly and use it effectively. See how to use graphics and other visual elements to deliver useful information in inviting ways. Walk through the review process and learn ways to add the most value using minimal words. Whether you're a writer, editor, designer, or reviewer, if you want to create great documentation, this book shows you how.
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A Handbook for Writers and Editors

Author: Michelle Carey,Moira McFadden Lanyi,Deirdre Longo,Eric Radzinski,Shannon Rouiller,Elizabeth Wilde

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0133118975

Category: Computers

Page: 587

View: 9268

The #1 Guide to Excellence in Technical Communication--Fully Updated for Embedded Assistance, Mobile, Search, Multimedia, and MoreDirect from IBM's own content design experts, this guide shows you how to design product interfaces and technical information that always place users front and center. This edition has been fully revised to help you consistently deliver the right content at the right time. You'll master today's best practices to apply nine essential characteristics of high-quality technical information: accuracy, clarity, completeness, concreteness, organization, retrievability, style, task orientation, and visual effectiveness. Coverage IncludesAdvocating for users throughout the entire product development processDelivering information in an ordered manner by following progressive disclosure techniquesOptimizing content so that users can find it from anywhereStreamlining information for mobile deliveryHelping users right where they areWhether you're a writer, editor, information architect, user experience professional, or reviewer, this book shows you how to create great technical information, from the product design to the user interface, topics, and other media. Thoroughly revised and updatedExtensive new coverage of self-documenting interfaces and embedded assistanceUpdated practical guidelines and checklistsHundreds of new examples.
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A Roadmap for Writing, Editing, and Architecting in DITA

Author: Laura Bellamy,Michelle Carey,Jenifer Schlotfeldt

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0132374323

Category: Computers

Page: 266

View: 5937

The Start-to-Finish, Best-Practice Guide to Implementing and Using DITA Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) is today’s most powerful toolbox for constructing information. By implementing DITA, organizations can gain more value from their technical documentation than ever before. Now, three DITA pioneers offer the first complete roadmap for successful DITA adoption, implementation, and usage. Drawing on years of experience helping large organizations adopt DITA, the authors answer crucial questions the “official” DITA documents ignore, including: Where do you start? What should you know up front? What are the pitfalls in implementing DITA? How can you avoid those pitfalls? The authors begin with topic-based writing, presenting proven best practices for developing effective topics and short descriptions. Next, they address content architecture, including how best to set up and implement DITA maps, linking strategies, metadata, conditional processing, and content reuse. Finally, they offer “in the trenches” solutions for ensuring quality implementations, including guidance on content conversion. Coverage includes: Knowing how and when to use each DITA element–and when not to Writing “minimalist,” task-oriented information that quickly meets users’ needs Creating effective task, concept, and reference topics for any product, technology, or service Writing effective short descriptions that work well in all contexts Structuring DITA maps to bind topics together and provide superior navigation Using links to create information webs that improve retrievability and navigation Gaining benefits from metadata without getting lost in complexity Using conditional processing to eliminate redundancy and rework Systematically promoting reuse to improve quality and reduce costs Planning, resourcing, and executing effective content conversion Improving quality by editing DITA content and XML markup¿ If you’re a writer, editor, information architect, manager, or consultant who evaluates, deploys, or uses DITA, this book will guide you all the way to success. Also see the other books in this IBM Press series: Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors The IBM Style Guide: Conventions for Writers and Editors
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Conventions for Writers and Editors

Author: Francis DeRespinis,Peter Hayward,Jana Jenkins,Amy Laird,Leslie McDonald,Eric Radzinski

Publisher: IBM Press

ISBN: 0132118947

Category: Computers

Page: 416

View: 8968

The IBM Style Guide distills IBM wisdom for developing superior content: information that is consistent, clear, concise, and easy to translate. The IBM Style Guide can help any organization improve and standardize content across authors, delivery mechanisms, and geographic locations. This expert guide contains practical guidance on topic-based writing, writing content for different media types, and writing for global audiences. Throughout, the authors illustrate the guidance with many examples of correct and incorrect usage. Writers and editors will find authoritative guidance on issues ranging from structuring information to writing usable procedures to presenting web addresses to handling cultural sensitivities. The guidelines cover these topics: Using language and grammar to write clearly and consistently Applying punctuation marks and special characters correctly Formatting, organizing, and structuring information so that it is easy to find and use Using footnotes, cross-references, and links to point readers to valuable, related information Presenting numerical information clearly Documenting computer interfaces to make it easy for users to achieve their goals Writing for diverse audiences, including guidelines for improving accessibility Preparing clear and effective glossaries and indexes The IBM Style Guide can help any organization or individual create and manage content more effectively. The guidelines are especially valuable for businesses that have not previously adopted a corporate style guide, for anyone who writes or edits for IBM as an employee or outside contractor, and for anyone who uses modern approaches to information architecture.
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Author: Mark Baker

Publisher: XML Press

ISBN: 1492001929

Category: Computers

Page: 290

View: 5567

The Web changes how people use content; not just content on the Web, but all content. If your content is not easy to find and immediately helpful, readers will move on almost at once. We are all children of the Web, and we come to any information system, including product documentation, looking for the search box and expecting every search to work like Google. There is no first, last, previous, next, up, or back anymore. Every Page is Page One. In this ground-breaking book, Mark Baker looks beyond the usual advice on writing for the Web, and beyond the idea of topic-based writing merely as an aid to efficiency and reuse, to explore how readers really use information in the age of the Web and to lay out an approach to planning, creating, managing, and organizing topic-based documentation that really works for the reader.
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A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise

Author: Scott W. Ambler,Mark Lines

Publisher: IBM Press

ISBN: 0132810107

Category: Computers

Page: N.A

View: 9513

Master IBM’s Breakthrough DAD Process Framework for Succeeding with Agile in Large, Complex, Mission-Critical IT Projects It is widely recognized that moving from traditional to agile approaches to build software solutions is a critical source of competitive advantage. Mainstream agile approaches that are indeed suitable for small projects require significant tailoring for larger, complex enterprise projects. In Disciplined Agile Delivery, Scott W. Ambler and Mark Lines introduce IBM’s breakthrough Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process framework, which describes how to do this tailoring. DAD applies a more disciplined approach to agile development by acknowledging and dealing with the realities and complexities of a portfolio of interdependent program initiatives. Ambler and Lines show how to extend Scrum with supplementary agile and lean strategies from Agile Modeling (AM), Extreme Programming (XP), Kanban, Unified Process (UP), and other proven methods to provide a hybrid approach that is adaptable to your organization’s unique needs. They candidly describe what practices work best, why they work, what the trade-offs are, and when to consider alternatives, all within the context of your situation. Disciplined Agile Delivery addresses agile practices across the entire lifecycle, from requirements, architecture, and development to delivery and governance. The authors show how these best-practice techniques fit together in an end-to-end process for successfully delivering large, complex systems--from project initiation through delivery. Coverage includes Scaling agile for mission-critical enterprise endeavors Avoiding mistakes that drive poorly run agile projects to chaos Effectively initiating an agile project Transitioning as an individual to agile Incrementally building consumable solutions Deploying agile solutions into complex production environments Leveraging DevOps, architecture, and other enterprise disciplines Adapting your governance strategy for agile projects Based on facts, research, and extensive experience, this book will be an indispensable resource for every enterprise software leader and practitioner--whether they’re seeking to optimize their existing agile/Scrum process or improve the agility of an iterative process.
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A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics

Author: James Taylor

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0132884445

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 9553

"A very rich book sprinkled with real-life examples as well as battle-tested advice.” —Pierre Haren, VP ILOG, IBM "James does a thorough job of explaining Decision Management Systems as enablers of a formidable business transformation.” —Deepak Advani, Vice President, Business Analytics Products and SPSS, IBM Build Systems That Work Actively to Help You Maximize Growth and Profits Most companies rely on operational systems that are largely passive. But what if you could make your systems active participants in optimizing your business? What if your systems could act intelligently on their own? Learn, not just report? Empower users to take action instead of simply escalating their problems? Evolve without massive IT investments? Decision Management Systems can do all that and more. In this book, the field’s leading expert demonstrates how to use them to drive unprecedented levels of business value. James Taylor shows how to integrate operational and analytic technologies to create systems that are more agile, more analytic, and more adaptive. Through actual case studies, you’ll learn how to combine technologies such as predictive analytics, optimization, and business rules—improving customer service, reducing fraud, managing risk, increasing agility, and driving growth. Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, Decision Management Systems focuses on mainstream business challenges. Coverage includes Understanding how Decision Management Systems can transform your business Planning your systems “with the decision in mind” Identifying, modeling, and prioritizing the decisions you need to optimize Designing and implementing robust decision services Monitoring your ongoing decision-making and learning how to improve it Proven enablers of effective Decision Management Systems: people, process, and technology Identifying and overcoming obstacles that can derail your Decision Management Systems initiative
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Author: Anne Gentle

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1387081322

Category: Computers

Page: 116

View: 9464

Looking for a way to invigorate your technical writing team and grow that expertise to include developers, designers, and writers of all backgrounds? When you treat docs like code, you multiply everyoneOs efforts and streamline processes through collaboration, automation, and innovation. Second edition now available with updates and more information about version control for documents and continuous publishing.
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Author: Beth Luey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521194989

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

View: 7925

Whether you are a graduate student seeking to publish your first article, a new Ph.D. revising your dissertation for publication, or an experienced author working on a new monograph, textbook, or digital publication, Handbook for Academic Authors provides reliable, concise advice about selecting the best publisher for your work, maintaining an optimal relationship with your publisher, submitting manuscripts to book and journal publishers, working with editors, navigating the production process, and helping to market your book. It also offers information about illustrations, indexes, permissions, and contracts and includes a chapter on revising dissertations and one on the financial aspects of publishing. The book covers not only scholarly monographs but also textbooks, anthologies, multiauthor books, and trade books. This fifth edition has been revised and updated to align with new technological and financial realities, taking into account the impact of digital technology and the changes it has made in authorship and publishing.
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Moving from System Context to Deployment

Author: Tilak Mitra

Publisher: IBM Press

ISBN: 0133763129

Category: Computers

Page: 304

View: 9578

Getting Architecture Just Right: Detailed Practical Guidance for Architecting Any Real-World IT Project To build effective architectures, software architects must tread a fine line between precision and ambiguity (a.k.abig animal pictures). This is difficult but crucial: Failure to achieve this balance often leads directly to poor systems design and implementation. Now, pioneering IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer Tilak Mitra offers the first complete guide to developing end-to-end solution architectures that are “just enough”--identifying and capturing the most important artifacts, without over-engineering or excessive documentation, and providing a practical approach to consistent and repeated success in defining software architectures. Practical Software Architecture provides detailed prescriptive and pragmatic guidance for architecting any real-world IT project, regardless of system, methodology, or environment. Mitra specifically identifies the artifacts that require emphasis and shows how to communicate evolving solutions with stakeholders, bridging the gap between architecture and implementation.
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A Handbook of Contemporary Issues

Author: Lawrence Balter,Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 131765577X

Category: Psychology

Page: 522

View: 4853

This third edition of Child Psychology continues the tradition of showcasing cutting-edge research in the field of developmental science, including individual differences, dynamic systems and processes, and contexts of development. While retaining a similar structure to the last edition, this revision consists of completely new content with updated programmatic research and contemporary research trends and interests. The first three sections highlight research that is organized chronologically by age: Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence. Within each section, individual chapters address contemporary research on a specific area of development, such as learning, cognition, social, and emotional development at that period in childhood. The fourth section, Ecological Influences, emphasizes contextual influences relevant to children of all ages, including risk and protective processes, family and neighborhood context, race and ethnicity, peer relations, the effects of poverty, and the impact of the digital world. Child Psychology also features a unique focus on four progressive themes. First, emphasis is placed on theory and explanation—the "why and how" of the developmental process. Second, explanations of a transactional and multidimensional nature of development are at the forefront of all chapters. Third, the multi-faceted approach to development highlights contextual influences and cultural diversity among children from different communities and backgrounds. Finally, methodological innovation is a key concern, and research tools presented across chapters span the full array available to developmental scientists who focus on different systems and levels of analysis. The thoroughness and depth of this book, in addition to its methodological rigor, make it an ideal handbook for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and advanced students across a range of disciplines, including psychology, education, economics and public policy.
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A Handbook for Development Practitioners

Author: Jody Zall Kusek,Ray C. Rist

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 0821389076

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 264

View: 3146

This Handbook provides a comprehensive ten-step model that will help guide development practitioners through the process of designing and building a results-based monitoring and evaluation system.
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An SOA Approach to Managing Core Information

Author: Allen Dreibelbis,Eberhard Hechler,Ivan Milman,Martin Oberhofer,Paul van Run,Dan Wolfson

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0132704277

Category: Computers

Page: 656

View: 4788

The Only Complete Technical Primer for MDM Planners, Architects, and Implementers Companies moving toward flexible SOA architectures often face difficult information management and integration challenges. The master data they rely on is often stored and managed in ways that are redundant, inconsistent, inaccessible, non-standardized, and poorly governed. Using Master Data Management (MDM), organizations can regain control of their master data, improve corresponding business processes, and maximize its value in SOA environments. Enterprise Master Data Management provides an authoritative, vendor-independent MDM technical reference for practitioners: architects, technical analysts, consultants, solution designers, and senior IT decisionmakers. Written by the IBM® data management innovators who are pioneering MDM, this book systematically introduces MDM’s key concepts and technical themes, explains its business case, and illuminates how it interrelates with and enables SOA. Drawing on their experience with cutting-edge projects, the authors introduce MDM patterns, blueprints, solutions, and best practices published nowhere else—everything you need to establish a consistent, manageable set of master data, and use it for competitive advantage. Coverage includes How MDM and SOA complement each other Using the MDM Reference Architecture to position and design MDM solutions within an enterprise Assessing the value and risks to master data and applying the right security controls Using PIM-MDM and CDI-MDM Solution Blueprints to address industry-specific information management challenges Explaining MDM patterns as enablers to accelerate consistent MDM deployments Incorporating MDM solutions into existing IT landscapes via MDM Integration Blueprints Leveraging master data as an enterprise asset—bringing people, processes, and technology together with MDM and data governance Best practices in MDM deployment, including data warehouse and SAP integration
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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 398

View: 5730

Description: 25-Word Description Get the latest information on standards for technical writing and editing straight from the experts--Microsoft's Editorial Standards Group. This new edition completely updates and expands the industry's leading guide to creating quality technical documentation and content. 75-Word Description Get the reference that defines standards and best practices for technical writers, editors, and content managers who work with Microsoft technologies. Developed by the Microsoft Editorial Standards Group, the newest edition of the computer industry's leading manual of style has been fully updated, expanded, and optimized for usability. You get coverage on the latest developments--from accessibility and globalization issues to mobile computing, XML, and other emerging standards--as well as Microsoft-specific products, technologies, and initiatives. You'll find expertly articulated and organized information about general usage, grammar, punctuation, formatting and layout, front matter, and indexing and attributing, as well as focused guidelines for topics such as creating specific document types, including Readme files and case studies; writing for software developers; documenting the user interface; and developing bias-free communications. Comprehensive, easy-to-use, and thoroughly up-to-date, the MICROSOFT MANUAL OF STYLE FOR TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS, Third Edition, can help you maximize the impact and precision of your technical communications.
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Author: Nils J. Nilsson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139642820

Category: Computers

Page: N.A

View: 2747

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a field within computer science that is attempting to build enhanced intelligence into computer systems. This book traces the history of the subject, from the early dreams of eighteenth-century (and earlier) pioneers to the more successful work of today's AI engineers. AI is becoming more and more a part of everyone's life. The technology is already embedded in face-recognizing cameras, speech-recognition software, Internet search engines, and health-care robots, among other applications. The book's many diagrams and easy-to-understand descriptions of AI programs will help the casual reader gain an understanding of how these and other AI systems actually work. Its thorough (but unobtrusive) end-of-chapter notes containing citations to important source materials will be of great use to AI scholars and researchers. This book promises to be the definitive history of a field that has captivated the imaginations of scientists, philosophers, and writers for centuries.
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Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Sites

Author: Matthew A. Russell,Matthew Russell

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449388345

Category: Computers

Page: 332

View: 4831

Provides information on data analysis from a vareity of social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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Author: Larry Coyne,Michael Engelbrecht,Simon Browne,IBM Redbooks

Publisher: IBM Redbooks

ISBN: 0738442968

Category: Computers

Page: 542

View: 1721

This IBM® Redbooks® publication presents a general introduction to the latest IBM tape and tape library technologies. Featured tape technologies include the IBM LTO Ultrium and Enterprise 3592 tape drives, and their implementation in IBM tape libraries. This 15th edition includes information about the latest TS4300 Ultrium tape library, TS1155 Enterprise tape drive, and the IBM Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium 8 tape drive, along with technical information about each IBM tape product for open systems. It includes generalized sections about Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel connections, and multipath architecture configurations. This book also covers tools and techniques for library management. It is intended for anyone who wants to understand more about IBM tape products and their implementation. It is suitable for IBM clients, IBM Business Partners, IBM specialist sales representatives, and technical specialists. If you do not have a background in computer tape storage products, you might need to read other sources of information. In the interest of being concise, topics that are generally understood are not covered in detail.
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Author: Leigh W. White

Publisher: XML Press

ISBN: 1492020222

Category: Computers

Page: 526

View: 4148

As DITA has become more and more popular, demand has increased for tools thatcan provide high quality PDFs from DITA content. The DITA Open Toolkit providesa basic PDF capability, but nearly any real-world application will require customization.Leigh White's book, DITA for Print has become the go-to reference for building aprint customization plugin for the DITA Open Toolkit. This second edition coversOpen Toolkit, version 2, including customizing the DITA 1.3 troubleshooting topictype, localization strings, bookmarks, and the new back-cover functionality.DITA for Print is for anyone who wants to learn how to create PDFs using the DITAOpen Toolkit without learning everything there is to know about XSL-FO, XSLT, orXPath, or even about the DITA Open Toolkit itself. DITA for Print is written for nonprogrammers,by a non-programmer, and although it is written for people who have agood understanding of the DITA standard, you don't need a technical background toget custom PDFs up and running quickly.
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A Handbook of Software and Hardware Documentation

Author: Jonathan Price

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: N.A

Category: Computers

Page: 424

View: 4672

In How to Communicate Technical Information, you will learn how to write printed and online computer documentation that is simple, clear, interesting and user-friendly. Technical writers Jonathan Price and Henry Korman map out easy-to-follow methods and include practical tips to help you create hardware and software documentation that is accessible to both beginning and experienced end-users. "How to Communicate Technical Information: " - Discusses easy-to-follow and user-friendly ways of organizing information. - Demonstrates how to use the art to communicate context, multiple options and results. - Offers new ways to present both quick start options for experienced users and installation instructions. - Presents effective new methods for supplying computer-based training (CBT), including sophisticated graphic and hypertext tours, and demonstrations. - Includes information on online help that suggests methods for integrating this feature into your documentation. Throughout the book, the authors share the techniques they present in their popular seminars as they provide straightforward and interesting ways of organizing information. Price and Korman also suggest practical methods for developing good writing styles. 0805368299B04062001
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