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Introduction to online documentation guidelines

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This style guide helps insure that online documentations for software is clear, concise, and consistent.  This guide covers the organization, writing style, markup, and accessibility.  This guide is provided to technical writers to support the objectives for technical documentation.


The main purpose of this guide is to help insure that online documentation supports the objectives of good online documentation.  A second purpose is to help insure that the documentation follows generally accepted rules for grammar, punctuation, and style.  A third objective is to help insure that the documentation is consistent.  In some cases, this guide recommends specific practices and techniques.  These recommendations are made not because they are the only correct way, but because following them produces consistency in style and formatting.


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