It’s no secret that technical writing is important for most companies. How do you know which authoring and publishing tools are the best fit for your business? Ask 10 technical writing professionals this question and you’ll receive 10 different answers that are dependent on factors like the type of project, available budget and personal preference.
From DITA to structured content management, creating effective technical content and documentation that improves your organization requires an arsenal of tools and skills. Keep reading for a helpful overview of how to select the best program(s) as well as popular options currently available for your technical writing project.
The first step in any successful product search is to take a step back and evaluate the needs of your organization. There is no such thing as a single “best” technical writing program, but there is a best program for your company; each business will need different tools to maximize their productivity.
Ask yourself questions such as:
Once you have a clear picture of your needs, you can start searching for your ideal program.
Another important thing to keep in mind while evaluating your ideal technical writing program is to take online reviews with a grain of salt. Many vendors are quick to recommend their own products and some consultants promote tools that they have a vested interest in without disclosing their financial relationship with the product. Be aware these posts aren’t providing an objective perspective.
You may also come across posts from consumers who have experience with a specific product. Analyze them within the context of the forum. Positive reviews come from work environments where the tool was implemented well and the office was provided with support to make the program work; negative reviews can sometimes be attributed to user error rather than the product itself.
Though online reviews can be a valuable resource in your hunt for the perfect technical writing program, don’t place all your trust in the hands of anonymous internet users. Use your best judgment when reading reviews.
Here are some of the most popular technical writing tools on the market.
When it comes to technical writing, it’s important to choose the best program for your needs; the right program can drastically transform your documentation. Choosing the correct tool for your company will help you generate quality content that will help users for years to come.
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