Editorial Guidelines

The editorial guidelines – also called editorial manuals, handbooks or style guides – contains binding instructions for the creation of technical documentation. Examples demonstrate how the final result should look, and they stipulate how instruction manuals should be structured, designed and formulated. This applies to various aspects such as chapter structure, how the reader is addressed, style, sentence length, use of graphics and even the spelling of individual words. The process for compiling the documents is also specified in part, as are the programs that must be used. These binding specifications and the standardisation associated with them allow technical writers to work faster. The texts are of uniform quality and can be reused more easily, thus saving on costs overall.

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