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The design document: key to managing documentation development

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2 Author(s)
T. D. Sole ; IBM, North York, Ont., Canada ; G. Bist

It is pointed out that the design document is an effective way of managing documentation development, particularly in large-scale projects. It provides a rough picture or sketch of the information before the writing begins, thereby permitting changes in design before the course of the documentation is set. Once finished, it becomes a road map for writers, managers, and developers. It can later be used to verify that the design was implemented in the final text for publication. It is concluded that, although on first appearance it might seem that a design document simply adds one more thing to do on a project, the added effort is more than compensated for by the amount of time and money saved in not having to modify information at a much later point

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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 2 )