Starter Template – Purpose and Features
The Starter Template is a professional template for creating clear user manuals and other forms of technical documentation (format: Word / OpenOffice / LibreOffice).
The Starter Template consists of a Microsoft Word template as well as an OpenOffice / LibreOffice template for technical documentation. You can use it to format user manuals, user guides, and all other forms of operating instructions and technical writing.
Unlike many free templates, it’s a professional technical writing template suitable for commercial use.
Many authoring tools don’t come with an adequate template for creating clear, appealing user manuals, and setting up your own template from scratch can be time-consuming. The indoition Starter Template speeds up this task and prevents you from making costly strategic mistakes:
▪When creating user assistance, aesthetics isn’t the only important feature of a well-designed template. In user manuals, readability and simplicity are just as crucial. The design must both please the eye and communicate your message clearly.
▪In addition, paragraph styles and character styles must be efficient to use for the author when writing and updating the document. Because most technical documents are updated frequently, an efficient use of the template is even more important than with other document types.
With the Starter Template, you get a preconfigured technical documentation template created by an expert who’s been in the technical communication business for many years and who knows, from his own experience, what makes a template both user-friendly and author-friendly.
The Starter Template has been designed for Microsoft Word 2010 and later, as well as for OpenOffice and LibreOffice version 3 and later. Paper sizes are A4 and Letter. If you use a different paper size, basically all you need to do is to change the page margin settings.
Many other authoring tools can import Microsoft Word files (*.docx) and OpenOffice / LibreOffice OpenDocument Text files (*.odt) as well, such as FrameMaker, WordPerfect Office, SoftMaker Office, Doc-To-Help, RoboHelp, Help & Manual, Flare, and many others.
The Starter Templates is both efficient and effective:
▪no bells and whistles—the template contains only what you and your readers really need
▪automated styles that eliminate a lot of manual formatting; optimized settings for automatic line breaks and page breaks
▪uses a time-tested, systematic scheme for style names and keyboard shortcuts
▪works with all language versions of Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and LibreOffice—no need to edit style names and field codes if you’re using a localized version of your authoring tool
▪well-prepared for being able to create online help from your document files as well with the help of an appropriate single source publishing tool or converter
▪includes detailed instructions on how to use the styles, and on how to change them if necessary
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