Thursday, October 9, 2008

STC Proposals #3 - What Tech Doc Can Learn From The Comics

Proposal for a paper to be presented at the 2009 STC Summit in Atlanta, GA

#3 - What Tech Doc Can Learn From The Comics

The recent Google Chrome comic caused a lot of buzz. But it's far from being the first "technical" comic. Find out how comics can help you produce better tech docs.

There is a long tradition of connections between the worlds of comic books and technical documentation, but it is one that is often overlooked. (For example the US army has used technical comics for over 50 years)

This presentation will present examples of technical documentation done using comic book techniques from over the years to the present day.

It will also show how by studying the story telling and artistic techniques used in comics we can improve the readability and quality of technical documentation.

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