James Bailie Technical Writer

Quality Documentation

I am a one-man documentation team specializing in user’s guides and reference manuals in PDF, ebook, and web form. I make documents that communicate and instruct. I do not make marketing materials. I am not a web designer.


I strive for clarity in my writing and clarity in my designs. Good writing is vigorous. Good design is transparent. I use Adobe’s tools, but if your company keeps its documentation in Word format as a matter of policy, I can make Word docs that look professional.

I strive to make documents that are useful. To lower the volume of your customer support queries, I will consult your support department to determine the most common problems that your users need help with and highlight those issues in your documentation.


Email me at jimmy@mammothcheese.ca

If we do business, I will open a Sub Rosa account for you. I do not use social networking, file-sharing, or collaboration sites because I do not trust their security. Subrosa does not track its users directly or through third-parties. No data uploaded to Sub Rosa reaches storage unencrypted.


Precision and attention to detail are second nature to me. In my former career in Quality Assurance, I discovered and documented variation in material, process, and specification on products with multimillion dollar values. I know first hand how poorly executed internal documents increase non-conformances. I know first-hand how poorly executed manuals influence customer satisfaction and subsequent purchasing decisions.


My language, design, and technical skills converge naturally on technical writing.

Tools for FreeBSD
gonzalo | prospero | caliban 2.59
The Public House | connect 6.5.1
libserver | libserverevents 3.27
libdombey | libdombeyevents 5.48
prototype 1.2
libdorrit 1.11
libindex 1.7
libyarb 1.1
libtable 1.3
libstringstack 1.7
munger 5.8
Munger requires databases/sqlite3 and textproc/libtre from ports.
dickens 1.98
Dickens requires munger.
TSML | tsml2sqlite | tsmlquery 1.10
TSML requires munger.
nellie | nellie -v -n TSML PDF 1.43
nellie-scgi 1.43.1
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