Whether you are a technical writer working for a single firm or a freelance writer working for many companies, you can benefit from creating templates for your documents. In the long run a good outline will save you time and effort, and deliver that elusive consistency to your material that users will appreciate. Here's how you go about it.
What's format? _ This is the layout of your document, where you decide the key order of the components (or chapters) of your standard. So for a user guide this might be; Contents Page, Product Introduction, Product Photo, Full User Guide, Quick Reference Guide, Copyright Statement, and Disclaimer. You can add as much or as little detail to each section as you feel necessary.