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Tempted by Templates? Make your Documentation Easy!

We’ve all been there.

It’s the beginning of a technical writing project, and you have no idea where to start.

There’s a template for that!

What’s a technical writing template?

A technical writing template is a premade model for new documents. Think of a template as a form you fill out. Completely uncreative, kind of tedious, but so much easier than coming up with all the information yourself.

When you begin a project from scratch, it’s up to you to work out all the steps…which takes time.

But, if you begin a project with a template, the steps are preloaded. You just confirm they’re relevant to your project and….that saves time.

Templates:

  •  Consist of reusable information, formats and styles that simply your work.

  •  Provide a consistent “look” to your company’s documentation.

  • Supply the fixed elements of a process or procedure and leaves blanks for variables specific for each project.

The Technical Writer just fill in the blanks and completes the form.

Why are templates useful? Because they:

  • Consolidate all your information in one central place.

  • Ensure repeatable success.

  • Maintain consistency across projects.

  • Make your documents more readable.

Good documentation is intrinsic to a company’s success, but not everyone can do it. A well-designed template ensures clear, concise, consistent documentation in a fraction of the time. As a result, it’s going to save you money.

And docstrats can help! We work as a partner to understand your needs and goals and you reap the benefits of our 40+ years of experience and collective knowledge.

Call us at (518)432-1233 and let us know how we can help you with template design and standardization.

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