Some quickstart guides list a short sequence of steps to getting started and others list a short set of getting-started tasks, but they are not sequenced. In this video, learn how to choose which quickstart guide to write.
- When you're sitting down to write your quick-start guide,…ask yourself this important question.…Are there steps my user must take to get started…or are there tasks my user may want to complete?…Must or may, that is the question.…And your answer to that question…will enable you to develop the structure for your guide.…Here's an example of a must quick-start guide…also known as a procedural guide.…It was created by a college admissions office.…
It's called the Quick-Start Guide to Registering…for Orange Valley University Placement Test.…And it helps students follow five steps…which they must follow in sequence.…One, go to orangevalleyuniversity.edu/PlacementTests.…Two, log in to your account with your username and password.…Three, under Options, click Register for Placement test.…Four, read the Rules and Guidelines, then click Acknowledge.…
Five, click Schedule Test,…and choose a test, location, and date.…The users, high school seniors,…who will be attending Orange Valley University in the fall,…have to complete these five steps…
- Explain the difference between a conceptual guide and a procedural guide.
- Determine how to address a user when writing a quickstart guide.
- Recall a tactic that helps avoid too many notes.
- Identify the benefits of using plain language.
- Name the most important aspect of formatting.