All technical writers must abide by certain universal standards:
A template is a standard design or blueprint for any type of document. There are templates for business letters, resumes, technical reports, user guides, and almost every type of document or project. The template provides a universal framework that helps collaborators produce consistent work. Team members who use different styles waste secretarial time with reformatting and pasting the sections into a master document. The project manager wastes time coordinating document changes.
Word processing programs come equipped with common templates. Technical writers can easily create their own templates in Microsoft Word, Adobe FrameMaker, Open Office, or Corel WordPerfect. Save your files as .rtf so that collaborators using different word processors can edit the master document.
Last Updated: 07/29/2014