Document design is the “nuts and bolts” of technical writing. No matter how brilliant or important the content, if it is not formatted in way that enhances readability, it will likely not receive the attention it deserves. This section includes the information on how technical writers use formatting features to optimize readability.

Chapter 3 Learning Objectives

This chapter covers the following topics:

3.1  Readability: Understand the importance of “readability” to your technical audience, and what that looks like in technical documents.

3.2  Headings: Understand how to use headings to organize information logically to enhance readers’ comprehension. See Headings 2023 PowerPoint for this chapter

3.3  Lists: Understand the rules for embedding various kinds of lists in your documents to emphasize key points and simplify text. See Lists 2023 PowerPoint for this chapter.

3.4  Figures and Tables: Understand how to integrate various kinds of figures and tables into documents to effectively present visual data and images.

3.5 Style Tips: Apply revision strategies to enhance clarity and readability.


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