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The Technical Writer's Companion

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780312259785

ISBN10:
0312259786
Format:
Spiral Bound
Pub. Date:
12/20/2001
Publisher(s):
Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

This easy-to-use handbook a concise version of the popularHandbook of Technical Writing offers students a brief guide to the most common types of technical writing and communication, with help on using technology, creating formal reports and manuals, writing for the Web, and more. Spiral-bound and tabbed for quick reference, the new edition is briefer than ever and completely up to date.

Author Biography

GERALD J. ALRED is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he teaches business and technical writing. He is the coauthor of The Technical Writer's Companion, Third Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002), Writing That Works, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001), The Business Writer's Handbook, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000), the Handbook of Technical Writing, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000), and The Professional Writer (Bedford/St. Martins, 1992). He is also the author of The St. Martin's Bibliography of Business and Technical Communication (St. Martin's Press, 1997).

CHARLES T. BRUSAW is retired after working for twenty years as a technical writer for the NCR Corporation. He has also worked in advertising, public relations, and curriculum development. He is presently a business writing consultant for corporations worldwide. He is the coauthor of The Technical Writer's Companion, Third Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002), Writing That Works, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001), The Business Writer's Handbook, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000), the Handbook of Technical Writing, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000), and The Professional Writer (Bedford/St. Martins, 1992).

WALTER E. OLIU is Acting Director of the Division of Freedom of Information and Publications Services at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has taught at Miami University of Ohio and Slippery Rock State University. He is the coauthor of The Technical Writer's Companion, Third Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002), Writing That Works, Seventh Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's 2001), The Business Writer's Handbook, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's 2000), the Handbook of Technical Writing, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's 2000), and The Professional Writer (Bedford/St. Martins, 1992).

Table of Contents

    New to this edition
    
  Preface
   * "Five Steps to Successful Writing"
    
  1. The Writing Process
    Audience/Readers
    Collaborative Writing
    Conclusions
    Defining Terms
    Description
    Introductions
    Organization
    Outlining
    Paragraphs
    Persuasion
    Point of View
    Preparation
    Process Explanation
   * Promotional Writing
    Proofreading
    Purpose/Objective
    Revision
    Scope
    Selecting the Medium
    Sentence Construction
    Writing the Draft
    
  2. Workplace Technology
    E-mail
    Fax
    Internet
   * Web Forms Design
    Web Page Design
    Word Processing and Writing
   * Writing for the Web
    
  3. Research and Documentation
    Bibliographies
    Copyright
    Documenting Sources
    Internet Research
    Interviewing for Information
    Library Research
    Note Taking
    Paraphrasing
    Plagiarism
    Quotations
   * Research
    
  4. Design and Graphics
    Drawings
    Flowcharts
    Global Graphics
    Graphs
    Headers and Footers
    Headings
    Layout and Design
    Lists
    Maps
    Organizational Charts
    Photographs
    Schematic Diagrams
    Tables
   * Visuals
    
  5. Technical Writing Forms and Presentations
   * Brochures
    Feasibility Reports
    Formal Reports
    Instructions
    Investigative Reports
    Laboratory Reports
    Minutes of Meetings
   * Newsletters
    Presentations
    Progress and Activity Reports
    Proposals
    Reports
    Specifications
    Technical Manuals
    Test Reports
    Titles
    Trip Reports
    Trouble Reports
    
  * 6. Formal Reports
    Abstracts
    Appendixes
    Executive Summaries
    Forewords/Prefaces
    Formal Reports
    Glossaries
    Tables of Contents
    Sample Formal Report
    
  7. Correspondence
    Acknowledgment Letters
    Adjustment Letters
    Complaint Letters
    Correspondence
    Cover Letters
    Inquiry Letters and Responses
    International Correspondence
    Memos
    Refusal Letters
    
  * 8. Job Application
    Acceptance Letters
    Application Letters
   * Interviewing for a Job
    Job Search
    Résumés
   * Salary Requirements
   * Thank You Letters
    
  9. Style and Clarity
    Absolute Words
    Abstract Words/Concrete Words
    Affectation
    Awkwardness
    Biased Language
    Clichés
    Coherence
    Compound Words
    Conciseness/Wordiness
    Ethics in Language
    Euphemisms
    Expletives
    Figures of Speech
    Idioms
    Intensifiers
    Jargon
    Long Variants
    Nominalizations
    Parallel Structures
    Positive Writing
    Repetition
    Sentence Variety
    Stacked Modifiers
    Technical Writing Styles
    Telegraphic Style
    Vague Words
    Word Choice
    
  10. Usage
    A/An
    A Lot/A Lot
    Above
    Accept/Except
    Adapts/Adept/Adopts
    Affect/Effect
    All Right/Alright
    Allude/Elude/Refer
    Already/All Ready
    Also
    Amount/Number
    And/Or
    As/Since/Because
    As Much As/More Than
    As Such
    As Well As
    Augment/Supplements
    Average/Median
    Bad/Badly
    Balance/Remainder
    Between/Among
    Bi-/Semi-
    Both . . . And
    Can/May
    Center On/Center Around
    Chair/Chairperson
    Comprise/Compose
    Connotation/Denotation
    Criteria/Criterion
    Data/Datum
    Different From/Different Than
    Each
    E.g./I.e.
    Etc.
    Explicit/Implicit
    Fact
    Female
    Few/A Few
    Fewer/Less
    First/Firstly
    Flammable/Inflammable/
    Nonflammable
    Former/Latter
    Good/Well
    He/She
    Imply/Infer
    In/Into
    In Order To
    Insure/Ensure/Assure
    Interface
    Irregardless/Regardless
    Its/It's
    Kind Of/Sort Of
    Lay/Lie
    Leave/Let
    Like/As
    Like/Such As
    Male
    Media/Medium
    Ms./Miss/Mrs.
    Nature
    OK/Okay
    On/Onto/Upon
    Only
    Oral/Verbal
    Per
    Per Cent/Percent/Percentage
    Phenomenon/Phenomena
    Reason Is Because
    
  11. Grammar
    Adjectives
    Adverbs
    Agreement
    Articles
    Clauses
    Collective Nouns
    Complements
    Conjunctions
    Dangling Modifiers
    Demonstrative Adjectives
    English as a Second Language
    Gerund
    Indefinite Pronouns
    Infinitives
    Misplaced Modifiers
    Mixed Constructions
    Modifiers
    Mood
    Nouns
    Objects
    Person
    Phrases
    Possessive Case
    Predicates
    Prepositions
    Pronoun Reference
    Pronouns
    Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements
    Sentence Faults
    Sentence Fragments
    Sentence Types
    Spelling
    Subjects of Sentences
    Tense
    Verbs
    Voice
    Who/Who
    
  12. Punctuation and Mechanics
    Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Apostrophes
    Brackets
    Capital Letters
    Colons
    Comma Splice
    Commas
    Contraction
    Dashes
    Dates
    Ellipses
    Exclamation Marks
    Hyphens
    Italics
    Numbers
    Parentheses
    Periods
    Question Marks
    Quotation Marks
    Semicolons
    Slashes


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