The Elements of Technical Writing / Edition 3

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Overview

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 Writing provides students with precisely the information needed to produce effective technical documents and no more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205583812
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/3/2009
  • Series: Pearson English Value Textbook Series Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 215,789
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One

The Seven Principles of Technical Writing

1 Know Your Purpose and Your Writing Situation

Your Purpose

Your Situation

Activities

Chapter Assignments

2 Know Your Audience and Their Situation

Concerns and Characteristics

Education, Experience, and Location

Attitudes Toward Purpose and Information

Activities

Chapter Assignments

3 Choose and Organize Your Content Around Your

Purpose and Audience

Researching Content

Choosing Content

Organizing Your Content

Chronological

Classification and Division

Mechanism Descriptions

Outlines

Activities

Chapter Assignments

4 Write Clearly and Precisely

Paragraph for Readers

Revise Sentences and Words for Readers

Use Language Appropriate for Your Readers

Prefer the Active Voice

Use Personal Pronouns

Use Action Verbs

Don’t Introduce Unnecessary Complication

Writing and Revising with Others

Activities

Chapter Assignments

5 Use Good Page Design

Use Default Layout Templates Cautiously

Provide Headings

Phrasing Headings

Making Headings Noticeable and Distinctive

Use Headers and Footers

Choose an Appropriate Type Size and Typeface

Type Size

Typeface

Use Lists and Informal Tables

Use Emphasis Carefully

Leave Ample White Space

Margins

Medium-Length Lines

Proper Spacing

Activities

Chapter Assignments

6 Think Visually

Getting and Showing Objects

Photographs

Drawings

Showing Processes

Showing Data

Tables

Graphs

Principles of Tables and Graphs

Considering Cultural Differences

Activities

Chapter Assignments

7 Write Ethically

Don’t Hide or Suppress Unfavorable Data

Don’t Exaggerate Favorable Data

Don’t Make False Implications

Don’t Plagiarize

Credit Your Sources

Internet Documentation

Construct Ethical Graphs

Don’t Lie

Activities

Chapter Assignments

Part Two

The Formats of Technical Writing

8 Elements of Reports

Title Page

Letter of Transmittal

Preface

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Glossary

List of Symbols

Abstracts and Summaries

Introduction

Discussion

Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendixes

Documentation

Copyright

Activities

Chapter Assignments

9 Formats of Reports

Instructions

Introduction

List of Equipment and Materials

How-To Instructions

Warnings

Theory

Glossary

Analytical Reports

Format

Discussion Sections

Proposals

Unsolicited Proposals

Student Proposals

Progress Reports

Empirical Research Reports

Abstract

Introduction

Literature Review

Materials and Methods

Results

Discussion

Conclusions

Activities

Chapter Assignments

10 Formats of Correspondence

Formal Elements of Letters

Letterhead

Date Line

Inside Address

Re Line

Subject Line

Salutation

Body

Complimentary Close

Signature Block

End Notations

Continuation Page

Simplified Letters

Memorandums

E-mail

Correspondence of the Job Search

Résumés

Letters of Application

Other Correspondence

Further Information

Activities

Chapter Assignments

Chapter Notes

Index

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