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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Davy, Sep 19, 2005.

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  1. Davy

    Davy Guest

    Hi all,

    I want to write datasheet for a product.
    Is there any software support typical datasheet writing?

    Any suggestions will be appreciated!

    Best regards,
  2. Tim Wescott

    Tim Wescott Guest

    What I look for in a datasheet is complete information, not snazzy
    layout. Worry about looks _after_ you've accomplished quality content.
    As for the software, all the datasheets that I've ever seen look like
    they could be done on a good word processor or on a simple desktop
    publishing program.

    I'd just use what I always use: Writer
    (, but Word would work just as well. If I
    were selling products instead of services and I had a tech writer who
    wanted to get PageMaker or some equivalent I'd probably spring for it in
    a minute.

    If you need to write a gazillion of them make a nice template after
    you've done a dozen or so.
  3. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

  4. Fred Bloggs

    Fred Bloggs Guest

    First they ask for a specialized IC for the slightest little thing and
    now the same for writing- sort of pathetic.
  5. Why don't you look at the formats of some IC data sheets.

    These are quite formal.


    To develop a product, you might try this path.

    1. Concept doc
    2. Marketing doc - prelim
    3. Marketing spec - What is hoped to be acheived
    4. Marketing product spec's - more formal marketing spec
    5. Design spec - Take the Marketing product spec and define how you are
    doing to design the product
    6. Does Design spec meet Marketing spec - if not - go back to 4 and
    If design spec and maketing spec's agree then continue to 7.
    7. Preliminary Product spec
    8. Does Prelim Product spec meet Market spec and cost/budget/quality and
    time? - if not - go back to 4 and negociate
    If Prelim Product spec agrees with Marketing product spec then continue
    to 9.
    9. Formal Product specification
    10 Design / build product.

    Data sheets..... are a type of Formal Product Specification..... you should
    "begin with the end in mind".

    Basically the Marketing product spec..... is massaged at each stage with
    more formal details added at each stage.

    If your product specification doesn't meet your marketing specification
    then... you may have missed the target...

    All of these are "living documents" and will change with the design...

    With an informal Marketing product spec - you can tease your prosective
    customers early..... get there feedback and adjust your Marketing spec -
    where required.... before committing to a prelim product spec.... before
    formal design has commenced.... it cheeper to do it at this stage than after
    the product has been built and you missed the target.

  6. I read in that "Joe G (Home)"
    11-999 Produce ECOs to actually make the damn thing manufacturable.
  7. ["Followup-To:" header set to]
    On 19 Sep 2005 07:34:17 -0700,
    OpenOffice Writer is a good, free, platform-independent word processor
    that also produces decent PDF output.

  8. Tim Wescott

    Tim Wescott Guest

    Oh, is there a specialized IC for writing data sheets? Who makes it?
    What's the part number?
  9. I think, LaTeX can be a good option too, but you will need some learning
    before writing a decent document with it.

  10. Microsoft Word & Visio (which includes nice stock of electronic
    symbols) would be more than sufficient.

    -Chaud Lapin-
  11. xray

    xray Guest

    I don't know of any, but sounds like it might be possible. There are
    programs that will generate poetry. I think I might have seen the
    results of one that could generate random resumes.

    I wrote a program once that would generate reasonable values for my
    meals when traveling. I would give it mean values for breakfast, lunch
    and dinner, plus a standard deviation and number of days. I'd run it a
    few times till I got a total I liked, then transfer the numbers to the
    expense report.

    So automatic datasheets, seems like something that someone might want to
    try. With enough AI, you could run the datasheet generator until it
    specified an interesting product, then try to build it.
  12. Kryten

    Kryten Guest

    I want to write datasheet for a product.
    AFAIK, there is not.

    And I don't think there is any real need for it either.

    Assuming you are writing for engineers, they will be more interested in
    accurate and useful information rather than the style.

    If you are writing sales leaflets, then style might be important.

    Why not say to your own engineers,
    "If you were evaluating this product, what do you think you should know
    about it in order to understand and use it? And write it down."

    I'm guessing by your email address that you are oriental.
    Your writing is not fluent English, so if you want the data sheet in English
    you should get a native English speaker to check the final text. I've seen
    quite a few data sheets where the text has been so appallingly bad that it
    cannot be understood.

    The Japanese are particularly prone to writing English text and assuming it
    is correct or makes sense. See:
  13. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Don't laugh - doxygen can generate a user manual from your code:

  14. Stef Mientki

    Stef Mientki Guest

    A really don't laugh, ...
    .... but I do think
    in 2005 this is the world upside down !!
    Why not generate code form my doc ?

  15. I read in that Stef Mientki
    No, that's the wrong order. You go to the doc when you've already got a
    code. Ib your dose.
  16. I use

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  17. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    I want to write datasheet for a product.
    "The Gonzo Utilities are purposely and proudly ~not~ WYSIWYG.
    They are also somewhat tedious and time consuming
    and have a rather steep learning curve."
  18. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    ["Followup-To:" header set to sci.electronics.basics.]
    use a word processor for the text and do the graphs in a spreadshhet, embed
    them in the word processor document and print it to a pdf generator etc...

  19. Guest

    You can try: - To write documents including advanced math eq. - Add illustrations and figures (as .eps).

    To make Postscript or PDF of your documents: - To write MS-Word documents if you need to.
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