Sunday, December 7, 2008

More books on technical writing

Here are other books that I found to be very useful:

Technical writing - general

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan, Catherine Julian, JoAnn Hackos
  • Technical Writing 101: A Real-World Guide to Planning and Writing Technical Documentation by Alan S. Pringle, Sarah S. O'Keefe
  • Technical Writing: A Practical Approach by William Sanborn Pfeiffer
  • Professional and Technical Writing: Problem Solving at Work by George E. Kennedy, Tracy T. Montgomery
  • Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition) (IBM Press Series--Information Management) by Gretchen Hargis, Michelle Carey, Ann Kilty Hernandez, Polly Hughes, Deirdre Longo, Shannon Rouiller, Elizabeth Wilde

Technical communication

  • Technical Communication by E. Burnett
  • Designing Visual Language: Strategies for Professional Communicators (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication) by Charles Kostelnick, David D. Roberts

Software documentation

  • Writing Software Documentation: A Task-Oriented Approach (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication) by Thomas T. Barker
  • The User Manual Manual: How to Research, Write, Test, Edit & Produce a Software Manual (Untechnical Press Books for Writers Series.) by Michael Bremer

Style-related

  • Technical Writing Style (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication) by Dan Jones
  • Elements of Style by Strunk & White
  • Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications Third Edition (Paperback) by Microsoft Corporation
  • The Chicago Manual of Style 13th Ed
  • The Gregg Reference Manual - Wililam J Sabin
  • Style and Readability in Technical Writing: A Sentence-Combining Approach by James Degeorge

User-focused

  • Untechnical Writing - How to Write About Technical Subjects and Products So Anyone Can Understand (Untechnical Press Books for Writers Series) by Michael Bremer
  • Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies) (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies) by Mike Kuniavsky
  • User and Task Analysis for Interface Design by Hackos, JoAnn & Redish, Janice C.
  • Human-Computer Interaction by Alan Dix, Janet E. Finlay, Gregory D. Abowd, Russell Beale

Doc-planning

  • Managing Documentation Projects by Jo Ann Hackos
  • Starting a Documentation Group: A Hands-On Guide by Peter J. Hartman

Editing

  • Technical Editing by Carolyn Rude
  • Editing Technical Writing by Donald C. Samson

Grammar

  • Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • Words by Bill Bryson
  • Elements of Technical Writing by Gary Blake & Robert W. Bly
  • Understanding and Using English Grammar - Betty Schrampfer Azar

Dictionaries

  • Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (ISBN: 0877798087)

Online communication

  • Standards for Online Communication - JoAnn T Hackos
  • Writing Online Help by Lindsey

Usability

  • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
  • Paper Prototyping: The Fast and Easy Way to Design and Refine User Interfaces (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Interactive Technologies) by Carolyn Snyder
  • A Practical Guide to Usability Testing by Joseph S. Dumas, Oracle Corporation, and Janice C. Redish, Redish & Associates

Single sourcing

  • Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation by Kurt Ament

Indexing

  • Indexing: A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide for Technical Writers (Engineering Reference) by Kurt Ament
  • Software for Indexing by American Society of Indexers (Corporate Author), Sandi Schroeder (Editor)

Software-development approach

  • Agile Documentation: A Pattern Guide to Producing Lightweight Documents for Software Projects (Wiley Software Patterns Series)
  • Understanding and using English Grammar - Betty Schrampfer Azar
  • Standards for online Communication - JoAnn T. Hackos and Dawn M. Stevens
  • The Chicago Manual of Style 13th Ed
  • Managing Documentation Projects by Jo Ann Hackos
  • The Gregg Reference Manual - Wililam J Sabin
  • Human Factors for Technical Communicators - by Marlana Coe

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