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The elements of Technical Writing covers the fundamentals or writing for technical professions in the same format that has made The Elements of... series so popular. This short, easy-to-use primer outlines the major principles of technical writing and is filledwith examples from real situations, as well as tips on writing reports and user manuals. Specific to foelds such as data processing, , systems analysis, fiberoptics, chemical and civil engineering, biotechnology and many others, The Elements of Technical ...
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Overview

The elements of Technical Writing covers the fundamentals or writing for technical professions in the same format that has made The Elements of... series so popular. This short, easy-to-use primer outlines the major principles of technical writing and is filledwith examples from real situations, as well as tips on writing reports and user manuals. Specific to foelds such as data processing, , systems analysis, fiberoptics, chemical and civil engineering, biotechnology and many others, The Elements of Technical Writing has become the standard handbook for technical writers, professionals, and students

This essential guidebook covers the fundamentals of writing for technical professions. The short, easy-to-use book outlines the major principles of technical writing and is filled with examples from real situations, as well as tips on writing reports and user manuals.

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The authors are expert, and their concise treatment hits the essentials, including matters of style, some rules of punctuation and grammar, principles of technical communication, word choice, and various tasks of the technical writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780025114463
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Elements of Technical Writing 1
1 Fundamentals of Effective Technical Writing 3
2 How to Write Numbers, Units of Measure, Equations, and Symbols 21
3 A Few Useful Rules of Punctuation, Grammar, Abbreviation, and Capitalization 47
4 Principles of Technical Communication 63
5 Words and Phrases Commonly Misused in Technical Writing 75
Pt. II Tasks of the Technical Writer 97
6 Proposals and Specifications 99
7 Technical Articles, Papers, Abstracts, and Reports 113
8 Letters and Memos 125
9 Manuals and Documentation 143
Appendix A: Writing in the Systems Environment 157
Appendix B: A Brief Guide to Software for Writers 161
Index 167
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Great for Beginning Writers or Anyone Who Needs a Quick Review

    Blake and Bly have written a concise handbook that gives rules and suggestions for English usage in technical writing. It's very helpful for anyone who hasn't learned, or can't quite remember, what the rules are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

    Okay for Grammar Generalities

    For me, this book was a let down. I was expecting to find tips regarding block diagrams, schematics, tables, charts, spec sheets, outline layouts, warning and caution symbols, screen shots, and advice regarding electronic documents. None of these aspects are covered. Writing examples are of letters, not technical manual pages. This is really a book on 'technical grammar.'

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