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

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Creating a Template

The template is where all of these design decisions come together. Whether you create books, help, web content, mobile device content, or any other type of content, a template—like a style guide—lets you create consistent documentation. Using a template also helps save time because you don’t have to think about layout each time you build a new document, and you don’t have to manually format each heading or paragraph.

Building a template is a lot of work, but it saves a lot of time later and helps your documentation look great. You’ll need a template for each different page type: title, table of contents, main content, and index. If each chapter has a different kind of front page, or if you sometimes need landscape-oriented ...

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