|Technical Writer & Communications Specialist|
About Adam Catalove
Adam Catalove - Technical Writer - Professional Summary:
My Work Method - Creating the best document for your needs
Understanding Your Technology
My first step is to understand the customer’s technology, software or hardware, and study what is needed to understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ your product works.
Determining your audience
Who will read the documentation once completed. All documents are tailored to the user’s level of comprehension.
Often you will find (specifically in software applications) that a certain function may not work, has a programming bug or a button is simply not placed or aligned correctly. Fluid communication with your team while documenting the product will often result in a better end product.
Design and Structure
Your company’s design and logo are unique. It is helpful to supply any relevant, previous or existing, documents to sustain the overall appearance of your company’s work. At one glance you should be able to see that the document you are looking at belongs to you. In the case that you don’t have an existing style guide several options can be supplied and edited at your own discretion.
Updating & Corrections
It is important to keep in mind that at some point in the future documents may be edited and updated. Often a document that has been created by a previous technical writer may require only partial editing. I ensure all documents are structurally sound, bug free and easy for the next writer to edit and adjust with ease.
Adam Catalove - Professional Experience:
My Expertise as a Technical Writer:
I have a wide range of experience in different fields of Technical Writing from writing Quick Instruction and Assembly Instruction Manuals to writing 700 page Manuals for companies that have no previous existing documentation. Updating and correcting catalogues and documentation to the smallest of details, as well as internet/intranet documentation and online help.
Most important is the variety of documentation I have covered and consumers I have written for. Just to mention a few, these include documenting:
- Telecommunications software and hardware
- Semi-conductor chips
- Front Desk Hotel Management Software
- Assembly instructions for complex CT medical imaging equipment, and in contrast, Construction Manuals on the most efficient way to assemble greenhouse modules for the everyday consumer.
- Infrared Office Network Hardware and new experimental software that allows a user to produce text from handwriting or vocal interfaces.
I find it essential to make sure all documentation is targeted at the end user and tailored so they are able to understand the documentation according to their level of comprehension and field of work. In other words, the style of writing, key industry terms, and many other aspects of writing should all match the person who gets to read and learn from these documents once completed.
For example, when writing Assembly Instructions for state of the art medical equipment, many terms may only be understood and apply to them while friendly animated graphics could be a nuisance rather than helpful. However, Assembly Instructions for a DIY Kit that is targeted at the average person who buys the product off the shelf, simple and clear language with a user friendly layout and graphics would prove to be very effective.
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