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Cheat Sheet


Cheat Sheets provide a quick reference.



  • Title
  • Applies To
  • Summary
  • Contents
  • Objectives
  • Overview
  • Body
  • Additional Resources
  • Feedback
  • Technical Support
  • Community and Newsgroup
  • Contributors and Reviewers

Test Cases

  • Does the title distinguish by product or version where possible?
  • Are important nouns a user might scan for towards the left of the title?

Applies To
  • Is it clear what technologies or products this applies to?
  • Conversely, is it clear what technologies of products this does not apply to?

  • Does the summary describe the usage of the module?
  • Does the summary explain why it is important to understand the details contained in the explained?
  • Does the summary pass the ‘hallway test’ – would this be your verbal description of the module’s purpose?

  • Is each major heading listed?
  • Are the most important learnings from the document extracted into the objectives?
  • Is each objective expressed as a specific task?
  • Is the objectives list short enough that it can be easily scanned and understood?

  • Does the overview provide enough background information to understand why it is necessary to take the steps?
  • Does the overview provide enough information that the module can stand alone?
  • Does the overview explain the topography and flow of the document with enough context that the reader can choose what sections to read?

  • Does each section start with an explanation of why the information is useful?
  • When there are choices to make are they prefaced with ‘if…’ to explain the context?
  • Are the topics organized so that a reader could use table of contents to easily drill into an area of interest?
  • Can each top-level topic stand alone or is it necessary to read the entire document?

Additional Resources
  • For each link, do you know why the link is included without first following the link?

  • Is there a way to provide feedback?
Technical Support
  • Is there a way to contact technical support?
Community and Newsgroup
  • Is there a list of community sites?

Contributors and Reviewers

Last edited Apr 7, 2010 at 11:02 PM by paulenfield, version 3


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