ISTC article on developer documentation trends
You can read the ISTC article in PDF form here:
I also added an HTML version on my API doc course here: Developer documentation trends — survey results. This writeup is the official presentation and analysis of the data.
Note that I’ve given two presentations that discuss the results as well:
- API the Docs recording: How Trends in API Documentation Differ from other Tech Comm Trends
- Webinar recording: How Trends in API Documentation Differ from other Tech Comm Trends
A few people have asked whether I’ll be doing another survey in the future to see how trends evolve from the ones surveyed here. That might be a good idea. This space changes rather quickly, so perhaps I’ll follow up in 2022.
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