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  • The Elements of Technical Writing
    The Elements of Technical Writing


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 Elements of Technical Writingprovides students with precisely the information needed to produce effective technical documents and no more.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
The Seven Principles of Technical Writingp. 1
Know Your Purpose and Your Writing Situationp. 2
Your Purposep. 2
Your Situationp. 4
Activitiesp. 7
Chapter Assignmentsp. 7
Know Your Audience and Their Situationp. 10
Concerns and Characteristicsp. 10
Education, Experience, and Locationp. 12
Attitudes Toward Purpose and Informationp. 14
Activitiesp. 19
Chapter Assignmentsp. 19
Choose and Organize Your Content Around Your Purpose and Audiencep. 20
Researching Contentp. 21
Choosing Contentp. 22
Organizing Your Contentp. 24
Chronologicalp. 26
Classification and Divisionp. 27
Mechanism Descriptionsp. 28
Outlinesp. 29
Activitiesp. 32
Chapter Assignmentsp. 32
Write Clearly and Preciselyp. 34
Paragraph for Readersp. 34
Revise Sentences and Words for Readersp. 36
Use Language Appropriate for Your Readersp. 37
Prefer the Active Voicep. 38
Use Personal Pronounsp. 39
Use Action Verbsp. 40
Don't Introduce Unnecessary Complicationp. 41
Writing and Revising with Othersp. 44
Activitiesp. 46
Chapter Assignmentsp. 46
Use Good Page Designp. 48
Use Default Layout Templates Cautiouslyp. 49
Provide Headingsp. 49
Phrasing Headingsp. 52
Making Headings Noticeable and Distinctivep. 53
Use Headers and Footersp. 54
Choose an Appropriate Type Size and Typefacep. 56
Type Sizep. 56
Typefacep. 58
Use Lists and Informal Tablesp. 58
Use Emphasis Carefullyp. 59
Leave Ample White Spacep. 60
Marginsp. 60
Medium-Length Linesp. 60
Proper Spacingp. 60
Activitiesp. 62
Chapter Assignmentsp. 62
Think Visuallyp. 63
Getting and Showing Objectsp. 63
Photographsp. 65
Drawingsp. 68
Showing Processesp. 70
Showing Datap. 72
Tablesp. 73
Graphsp. 75
Principles of Tables and Graphsp. 78
Considering Cultural Differencesp. 80
Activitiesp. 81
Chapter Assignmentsp. 81
Write Ethicallyp. 83
Don't Hide or Suppress Unfavorable Datap. 83
Don't Exaggerate Favorable Datap. 84
Don't Make False Implicationsp. 85
Don't Plagiarizep. 85
Credit Your Sourcesp. 86
Internet Documentationp. 91
Construct Ethical Graphsp. 93
Don't Liep. 97
Activitiesp. 98
Chapter Assignmentsp. 98
The Formats of Technical Writingp. 101
Elements of Reportsp. 102
Title Pagep. 103
Letter of Transmittalp. 103
Prefacep. 106
Table of Contentsp. 107
List of Illustrationsp. 108
Glossaryp. 108
List of Symbolsp. 110
Abstracts and Summariesp. 111
Introductionp. 115
Discussionp. 116
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 117
Appendixesp. 120
Documentationp. 120
Copyrightp. 120
Activitiesp. 121
Chapter Assignmentsp. 121
Formats of Reportsp. 123
Instructionsp. 123
Introductionp. 124
List of Equipment and Materialsp. 124
How-To Instructionsp. 125
Warningsp. 128
Theoryp. 129
Glossaryp. 129
Analytical Reportsp. 130
Formatp. 130
Discussion Sectionsp. 131
Proposalsp. 136
Unsolicited Proposalsp. 136
Student Proposalsp. 139
Progress Reportsp. 139
Empirical Research Reportsp. 141
Abstractp. 141
Introductionp. 141
Literature Reviewp. 142
Materials and Methodsp. 142
Resultsp. 142
Discussionp. 143
Conclusionsp. 143
Activitiesp. 143
Chapter Assignmentsp. 144
Formats of Correspondencep. 145
Formal Elements of Lettersp. 146
Letterheadp. 146
Date Linep. 146
Inside Addressp. 146
Re Linep. 150
Subject Linep. 150
Salutationp. 150
Bodyp. 150
Complimentary Closep. 150
Signature Blockp. 152
End Notationsp. 152
Continuation Pagep. 152
Simplified Lettersp. 153
Memorandumsp. 153
E-mailp. 155
Correspondence of the Job Searchp. 155
Résumésp. 156
Letters of Applicationp. 161
Other Correspondencep. 163
Further Informationp. 164
Activitiesp. 164
Chapter Assignmentsp. 164
Chapter Notesp. 165
Indexp. 167
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