PLANNING THE MANUAL
WRITING THE MANUAL
Manuals are a common and extremely important type of technical writing. Companies sell not only the mechanisms they manufacture but also the knowledge tc use those products properly. hilt knowledge takes the form of a manual. Both the manufacturer and the buy want a manual that will ensure safe and successful assembly, operation, maintenance, and repair of the mechanism. Extremely complex mechanisms have separate manuals for assembly, check-out, operation, and so on – and sometimes. several volumes for each. The most common kind of manual. however, is the operator’s manual which must be written for virtually all mechanisms. Operator’s manuals have two basic sections: descriptions of the functions of the parts, and sets of instructions for performing the machine’s various processes. In addition, the manual also gives information concerning theory of operation, warranty, specifications, parts lists, and locations of dealers (Qr advice or parts. This chapter will explain how to plan and write an operator’s manual.