As a company's product line grows and product sales expand into different countries, so does the amount of product documentation that comes with those products. Keeping all of those documents up-to-date can become a nightmare—fast. Luckily, there's a solution for this problem. In this blog, we focus on the benefits of using topic-based authoring for user manual creation.
Writing content that is helpful to your consumer isn't an easy task. It takes proper planning and organization of the topics to make it easy for the reader to follow and digest. Topic-based authoring improves the workflow of user manual content creation by allowing technical writers to create, reuse, translate and distribute the content in a more organized and efficient way.
In a nutshell:
- Topic-based authoring is a method of putting chunks of documentation into topics.
- A topic is the smallest amount of instruction or information that allows for the successful completion of a task, or that provides basic knowledge of a concept.
- A topic-based authoring software is a tool that helps bring all of this together for better content creation.
Using a topic-based authoring program to create content for user manuals is a departure from traditional methods. And as a departure from the traditional, product developers and technical writers must focus on the “big picture” to fully grasp the many ways that this method will facilitate content reuse and distribution.
So how can your company benefit from a topic-based authoring software? Below are five major perks to consider.