Let me shoot you a couple questions: Is it possible for a single book to pull off the word “thy”? And have a cartoon of a headless zombie? And prove that an iPod can be easier to fix than a cabinet? Why, yes, such a book now exists.
iFixit is thrilled to announce the Tech Writing Handbook. Written and designed by the iFixit team, the Handbook covers key strategies for writing an effective manual. We also have chapters on how to write great work instructions, and how to write clearly and concisely.
Let’s face it: Writing a manual isn’t easy. We think the sheer number of horribly written instruction manuals in junk drawers around the nation proves that much. But early in our history, we learned that bad writing does more than fill drawers. It has serious consequences. There were times in the olden days when our poorly written instructions led users astray and people broke their devices. Ahem. Sorry about that.
We’ve learned a lot about writing manuals and instructions in the past 10 years. And we wanted to share what we’ve learned. Because good writing is our job. Good writing is our passion. Good writing is key to our mission.
The Handbook has been almost a year in the making, and it’s finally done. It’s online, for free, for everyone.
Of course, version 1.0 of any project is never perfect. But we consider everything on iFixit.com to be a collective effort between us and readers. When you’re reading, if you notice any mistakes or have any feedback, please drop us a comment below. We will roll out changes as needed. Thanks so much for helping us make the Handbook even better.
Happy writing and happy reading,
The iFixit Team
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