Technical English: Writing, Reading and Speaking / Edition 8

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This new edition retains much of the vision of the previous editions-it encompasses written, oral, and visual communication-but also reflects current practices in the field of technical writing, with continued emphasis on workplace communication The focus remains on the entire writing process from planning through revision, with topics discussed including, defining technical communication, the workplace audience, developing a clear, direct communication style, information design, graphics as a means to support and clarify information, technology, the technical writing process including planning and drafting, and reviewing and revising. For anyone interested in improving his or her writing.

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A text for those preparing to enter the job market or working to strengthen their workplace writing and speaking skills. Covers reports, graphics, oral presentations, correspondence, documentation, and other forms of communication. New to this edition are an expanded emphasis on planning, drafting, and revising projects; guidelines for assessing the usability of projects in print and online; and increased coverage of technologies such as e-mail and videoconferencing. The authors are longtime technical writers and trainers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321003522
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 8/8/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 365,126
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Technical Communication: What Is It?

2. Defining Workplace readers: Who Are They?


3. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Clear Language.

4. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Informative Design.

5. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Visuals.

6. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Technology.


7. The Technical Writing Process: Planning and Drafting.

8. The Technical Writing Process: Reviewing and Revising.


9. Procedure Explanations: Showing How.

10. Description: Using Detail.

11. Definition: Explaining What Something Is.

12. Summaries: Getting to the Heart of the Matter.

13. Reports: Shaping Information.

14. Proposals: Using Facts to Make a Case.

15. Correspondence: Sending and Responding to Messages.


16. Oral Communication: Saying It Simply.


Appendix 1: Tne Search for Employment.

Appendix 2: The Search for Standard English Usage.



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