Technical English: Writing, Reading, and Speaking / Edition 7

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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: 9780673997944
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/7/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Instructions and Process: Explaining a Procedure.

2. Description of a Mechanism: Explaining How Something Works.

3. Definition: Explaining What Something Is.

4. Analysis Through Classification and Partition: Putting Things in Order.

5. Analysis Through Effect-Cause and Comparison-Contrast: Looking at Details.

6. The Summary: Getting to the Heart of the Matter.

7. Memorandums and Letters: Sending Messages.

8. Reports: Conveying Needed Information.

9. The Research Report: Becoming Acquainted with Resource Materials.

10. Oral Communication: Saying It Clearly.

11. Visuals: Seeing Is Convincing.

Clear Only If Known, Edgar Dale.
Battle for the Soul of the Internet, Philip Elmer-Dewitt.
The Powershift Era, Alvin Toffler.
Hardest Lessons for First-Time Managers, Linda A. Hill.
Quality, John Galsworthy.
Excerpt from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig.
The Science of Deduction, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Are You Alive?, Stuart Chase.
Clear Writing Means Clear Thinking Means..., Marvin H. Swift.
A Technical Writer Considers His Latest Love Object, Chick Wallace.
Blue Heron, Chick Wallace.
The Effects of Perceived Justice on Complainants' Negative Word-of-Mouth Behavior and Repatronage Intentions, Jeffrey G. Blodgett, Donald H. Granbois, and Rockney G.Walters.
Excerpt from Non-Medical Lasers: Everyday Life in a New Light, Rebecca D. Williams.
"Journeying Through the Cosmos" from The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, Carl Sagan.
"Work" from The Book of Virtues, William J. Bennett.
The Active Document: Making Pages Smarter, David J. Weinberger.
The Power of Mistakes, Stephen Nachmanovitch.
Self-Motivation: Ten Techniques for Activating or Freeing the Spirit, Richard L. Weaver.


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