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Documentation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    documentation n
  1. confirmation that some fact or statement is true [syn: certification, corroboration]
  2. program listings or technical manuals describing the operation and use of programs [syn: software documentation}]
  3. documentary validation; "his documentation of the results was excellent"; "the strongest support for this this view is the work of Jones" [syn: support]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Documentation'


Documentation is a general term for written information, media, and other content used to support a tool or a process. Documentation (to document) also refers to the process of providing evidence.

Technical writers and corporate communicators are professionals whose field and work is documentation. Ideally, technical writers have a background in both the subject matter and also in writing and managing content (information architecture). Technical writers more commonly collaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs), such as engineers, medical professionals, or other types of clients to define and then create content (documentation) that meets the user's needs. Corporate communications includes other types of written documentation that is required for most companies.

Common types of documentation include user guides, white papers, on-line help, quick-reference guides. It is less common to see hard-copy (paper) documentation. Documentation is distributed via websites, software products, and other on-line applications.

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