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The Ideal API Reference Manual

An application programming interface (API) is a set of defined interfaces for a specific software application, such as desktop publishing software, a database, or an accounting package. An API allows access to that application through a program instead of through a user interface.

Developmental Editing

What it is… As technical writers, we are often called upon to do a developmental edit on existing documentation. As a web search quickly reveals, “developmental edit” means different things to different people.

Estimating Software Documentation Projects 101

Oh my gosh, my meeting is in 30 minutes and I need a doc budget! The purpose of this article is to give you enough information about budgeting software documentation projects that you can quickly come up with a back-of-the-envelope estimate of the time and money required…

Defending the Documentation Budget

Money is tight these days, especially in the software business.  When money gets tight, budgets get cut. Unfortunately, sometimes the wrong line items get cut.  Often, far too often, software companies cut the documentation budget when they shouldn’t.


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