Unit 3: Overview
In Unit 3, you will add text instructions to accompany the photos in your guides.
You are finished with this section when your guides:
Are easy to understand and follow for an audience with an average to below-average technical background
Are clear and concise—free of verbose and muddled directions
Avoid vague language
Describe the procedure with adequate detail
Correctly identify the device components and tools being used
Are free of major errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling
Include the head types (e.g. Phillips #0) and screw lengths (in mm) of every screw
Follow the standard format for titles ([Device Component] Replacement) for the guides
Have a brief summary on each guide
Include a descriptive introduction outlining why the procedure is necessary, background on the procedure, and other relevant information
Include all parts of the Details section, such as the difficulty, time required, and tools
Make proper use of color-coordinated bullets and special bullets (Note, Reminder, and Caution bullets)
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In this unit, you'll add step-by-step written instructions accompanying your photos to create simple and straightforward guides that anyone can follow.
Each completed guide should contain the following:
A title and brief (1-2 sentence) summary
A descriptive introduction
Estimated difficulty and time required
A list of any required tools
Step-by-step instructions written in clear, complete sentences
An accompanying photo or photos to demonstrate each step
Visual markup, when appropriate, highlighting key areas of the photos, matched to color-coded bullets in the text (See guidelines here.)
Keep in mind that your final guides will have a global audience, so you shouldn’t rely on the text alone to communicate key information. Ideally, your readers should be able to complete the guide using only the photos, or only the text. Both the written and visual portions of your guides should work together, yet be able to stand on their own.
The following examples from past projects give a good idea of what your completed guides should look like.
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