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RailsConf 2013

This presentation, by Kevin Burke, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0

Usability researchers have known for years that people browsing the Internet don't read things word by word - they scan pages for the content they want. Yet many API's and documentation resources are written as though users are reading every word. If busy users can't find what they are looking for, you'll have more support tickets (an expense), or more frustration (lost revenue). Writing effective documentation requires knowing who your users are and how they are finding answers to their questions. In this presentation, we'll examine practical techniques to make your documentation work for busy users. Looking at examples and user testing from our experience at Twilio, attendees will learn: - how users find (or fail to find) your documentation - how users view and get started (or fail to get started) with your product - how to take advantage of underused documentation tools like your error messages, your API, and SEO.

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