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Journal Article

The Encyclopedic Reference as a Model for Print Documentation

David K. Farkas
Technical Communication
Vol. 37, No. 2 (SECOND QUARTER MAY 1990), pp. 122-125
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43092221
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Abstract

A NEW WAY TO DOCUMENT COMPUTER APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE is the encyclopedic reference (ER), a single alphabetically organized manual that can replace the traditional user's guide and command reference and possibly other standard documents as well. This article reviews the standard documentation set, points out strengths and weaknesses of the ER, and offers some thoughts on the future of computer dsocumentation.

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