The 3 Primary Concepts of Modular Documentation
One of my favorite thinkers is a local buddy (@BannonRace) and he often challenges my thinking as a way to see learning not as a chore – but as an option and engaged process. This is one of his recent posts I clearly connected with on his thoughts on Kurt Ament book titled Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation .
Kurt Ament authored a book titled Single Sourcing: Building Modular Documentation in which he clearly explains how technical communicators can develop standalone, topic-based information modules that act as the building blocks for a robust set of documentation based on the individual building blocks. This is currently a very popular approach to technical documentation and much has been written about this approach by others since the publishing of Ament’s book.
I’m big on basics. I like breaking things down to the most elemental ideas or concepts in order to fully understand the details that surround them. When it comes to modular (topic-based) documentation, here are what appear to be the three key concepts: