Desktop Publishing an O&M Manual

by Mike Tidwell, Information Systems Specialist; Greely and Hansen Engineers,

Part of: How to Produce Effective Operations and Maintenance Manuals


With word processing programs and high quality laser printers, it's easier than ever to create professional looking documents. The term desktop publishing refers to the production of documents using computer software programs designed to provide results comparable to professional printing services. Scanned photographs and other graphics can be added easily. While not every O&M manual should be produced using desktop publishing methods, doing so can make the document easier to read and understand. The use of icons and symbols in the manual can alert the reader to important information. This chapter covers tips and suggestions on how to enhance the O&M manual.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Lasers | Professional practice | Photography | Graphic methods


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