We have a small web application, with a Windows application that communicates with it. We need a user guide written that will describe how to configure and use it. The Word 2007/10 document template containing the web site installation already exists and will be provided.
The web site itself is primary a database editing application, allowing a user to create, retrieve, update and delete records on approximately half a dozen screens. You will be required to go through the web application page by page, describing each page and the options on it. Each page should be a section in the user guide, complete with screen shots of the four common functions, where applicable.
Once the project bid has been accepted, you will be given the URL to our staging server that hosts the web application, along with the Windows application that also interfaces with it.
Throughout the project, you will be given access to the software developers responsible for writing the application. They will be able to provide you guidance, answers to questions, and clarifications, where needed.
We've set the maximum bid for this project to $500, as we feel it can be written properly in only a few days. This is the first of 3-4 such projects, so if you do a good job, future work is practically guaranteed.
Please provide a short sample of prior technical documentation you've written along with your bid.
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Thursday Jan 27, 2011 10:15:07 AM:
I wanted to give you an update on my project. We have received a lot of very good bids, and I'm going to select someone today or tomorrow. Most of the samples provided so far have been exceptional, and I'm sure the project will be a success. I am not going to ask you to change your bid, but I do have a request. Please take a look the web application at [url removed, login to view] and play around with the app. Choose a single page and write a brief sample of how you would describe the page in a user guide. Include at least one screen shot of whatever it is you're explaining. I won't be judging your knowledge of the application, so don't worry about getting facts wrong. What I will be looking for is how well you present the information. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!