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Version Control - Practices

In this concluding article, take a look at a sample table ofcontents for a user manual, understand the importance of having yourwork reviewed by peers, and find out how to handle document versionmanagement.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Writing A User Manual (part 2)
  2. Looking For Improvement
  3. Cheat Sheet
  4. Version Control
  5. Putting The Package Together
By: Deepa L, (c) Melonfire
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January 03, 2003

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A characteristic of documentation is that if you notice even one inaccuracy in a document, it will put you off going through the rest of it. The gravity of this increases manifold when you're talking about a user who's looking to this document to understand your software. Ensuring that your manual reflects the latest version of the software is crucial, and this is where tying the document version number with that of the software comes in.

Another consideration here is version nomenclature. You could tie this in with the software, using x.y nomenclature that has x changing with every baseline change and y changing for every intermediate release of the document. Also, when you revise the document, you should record the reason/description of the change in the document's revision log.

 
 
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