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The Elements of Technical Writing

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780205318735

ISBN10:
0205318738
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

One-quarter the length and price of conventional textbooks, this popular introduction to technical writing teaches the essentials with remarkable economy, clarity, and authority. The book is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on the seven fundamental principles of good technical writing, such as knowing one's purpose and audience, thinking visually, and writing ethically. Part Two covers the formats of reports and correspondence. Four appendices contain three sample reports and a student proposal. The Elements of Technical Writing concentrates on the essentials, providing students with precisely the information needed to produce effective technical documents and no more.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Part One The Seven Principles of Technical Writing 1(76)
Know Your Purpose
3(2)
Know Your Audience
5(6)
Concerns and Characteristics
5(2)
Education and Experience
7(1)
Attitudes toward Purpose and Information
8(3)
Choose and Organize Your Content around Your Purpose and Audience
11(12)
Choosing Content
12(2)
Organizing Your Content
14(9)
Chronological
17(1)
Classification and Division
17(1)
Mechanism Descriptions
18(2)
Outlines
20(3)
Write Clearly and Precisely
23(12)
Paragraph for Readers
23(2)
Use Language Appropriate for Your Readers
25(1)
Prefer the Active Voice
26(2)
Use Personal Pronouns
28(1)
Use Action Verbs
29(1)
Don't Introduce Unnecessary Complication
30(5)
Think Subject-Verb
30(1)
Use a Reasonable Sentence Length
31(1)
Write Positively
32(1)
Avoid Long Noun Strings
32(1)
Check for Parallelism
33(2)
Use Good Page Design
35(14)
Provide Headings
35(6)
Phrasing Headings
38(1)
Making Headings Noticeable and Distinctive
39(2)
Use Headers and Footers
41(1)
Choose an Appropriate Type Size and Typeface
42(2)
Type Size
42(2)
Typeface
44(1)
Use Lists and Informal Tables
44(1)
Use Emphasis Carefully
45(1)
Leave Ample White Space
46(3)
Margins
46(1)
Medium-Length Lines
46(2)
Proper Spacing
48(1)
Think Visually
49(20)
Showing Objects
49(7)
Photographs
51(3)
Drawings
54(2)
Showing Processes
56(4)
Showing Data
60(9)
Tables
60(2)
Graphs
62(3)
Principles of Tables and Graphs
65(4)
Write Ethically
69(8)
Don't Hide or Suppress Unfavorable Data
70(1)
Don't Exaggerate Favorable Data
70(1)
Don't Make False Implications
71(1)
Don't Plagiarize
72(1)
Construct Ethical Graphs
72(4)
Don't Lie
76(1)
Part Two The Formats of Technical Writing 77(70)
Elements of Reports
79(26)
Title Page
79(2)
Letter of Transmittal
81(2)
Preface
83(1)
Table of Contents
84(1)
List of Illustrations
85(1)
Glossary
86(1)
List of Symbols
87(1)
Abstracts and Summaries
88(4)
Introduction
92(2)
Discussion
94(1)
Conclusions and Recommendations
94(3)
Appendixes
97(1)
Documentation
97(7)
Internet Documentation
103(1)
Copyright
104(1)
Formats of Reports
105(22)
Intructions
105(7)
Introduction
105(1)
List of Equipment and Materials
106(1)
How-To Instructions
107(2)
Warnings
109(2)
Theory
111(1)
Glossary
112(1)
Analytical Reports
112(6)
Format
113(1)
Discussion Sections
113(5)
Proposals
118(4)
Unsolicited Proposals
119(2)
Student Proposals
121(1)
Progress Reports
122(1)
Empirical Research Reports
123(4)
Abstract
124(1)
Introduction
124(1)
Literature Review
124(1)
Materials and Methods
125(1)
Results
125(1)
Discussion
125(1)
Conclusions
126(1)
Formats of Correspondence
127(20)
Formal Elements of Letters
128(6)
Letterhead
128(1)
Date Line
128(1)
Inside Address
128(4)
Re Line
132(1)
Subject Line
132(1)
Salutation
132(1)
Body
132(1)
Complimentary Close
133(1)
Signature Block
133(1)
End Notations
133(1)
Continuation Page
134(1)
Simplified Letters
134(1)
Memorandums
134(2)
E-mail
136(1)
Correspondence of the Job Search
136(11)
Resumes
138(6)
Letters of Application
144(1)
Other Correspondence
144(2)
Further Information
146(1)
Appendixes: Sample Reports 147(28)
A Letter Analytical Report
149(6)
B Student Proposal
155(4)
C Progress Report
159(5)
D Empirical Research Report
164(11)
Chapter Notes 175(2)
Index 177


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