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The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan

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Writing for the Web

If the product you document is a web-based application or e-commerce site, it’s likely that your main documentation tool is an HTML editor. You may also find that you need to be expert in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), a style sheet language that controls layout, colors, and fonts in web pages.

And there is a host of other technologies that drive web applications like JavaScript, XML, and Ajax, but when starting out, just make sure you can edit HTML without breaking anything. Choose a WYSIWYG (pronounced “wiz-ee-wig” for “What you see is what you get”) HTML editor that doesn’t require you to code from scratch, like Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Expression Web.

Single-sourcing can also come into play, since you can convert ...

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