I have worked in the world of computer software since 1979, as a software engineer, a technical publications manager, and a senior technical writer. When I was a software engineer, what I enjoyed most was user-interface design. As I made the transition to full-time technical writing, I realized that the documentation was a vital link between the software and its users, and therefore became the ultimate user interface.
Note: The FrameMaker 6 source includes conditional text from which I can generate a two-page abbreviated version, as well as the three-page PDF and HTML versions linked above (HTML generated using WebWorks Standard on the Macintosh). The FrameMaker source uses the font Adobe Garamond for the Macintosh; if you do not have this font, FrameMaker will make an appropriate substitution when you open the file. To view the FrameMaker source, save the file to a local disk and then open it.
These samples show how I approach technical topics and present information to software developers. All samples, including pre-release documents, posted with permission from previous employers.
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