The Alt-doc: Unconventional Docs and Users

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Phil Davis
Technical Writing at Integral Development Corp. in Palo Alto, CA

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The Alt-doc: Unconventional Docs and Users

A tech writer’s working life is dominated by the rhythm of the product release cycle. Whether that rhythm is staid or frantic, ad hoc work can feel like an interruption at best and an insult at worst.

These interruptions can be opportunities, whether they come from outside traditional product development workflows or from within. This webinar examines scenarios where unconventional doc requirements for non-traditional audiences come from atypical sources: an alt-doc world.

For each scenario, we list the challenges and risks you face, define the audience, sketch out the cross-functional process (or lack thereof), and define the user success that your work enables. Along the way, we hope to assuage fears and maybe kindle some enthusiasm by detailing the benefits of this non-traditional work, including heightened documentation skills, increased exposure and recognition of your work, new channels to contribute materially to the success of your company, and working relationships beyond traditional tech writer circles.

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