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Section 2.8

Task-Oriented Documents

Documents that enable users to carry out specific actions for well-defined results are said to be task-oriented. A task-oriented document seeks to describe a performance in enough detail to enable the reader to carry out the task. Task-oriented documents such as specifications, documentation, and instructions, transfer expertise. They enable their users to perform specific tasks as the absent expert would.

Typical task-oriented documents include


user documentation

technical documentation

instructions and procedures

style guides

In all these documents, the author is providing expert guidance that ensures a given standard of performance.

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