Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors / Edition 2 available in Hardcover
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Reading this new edition, I was quite impressed by the practical nature of its suggestions, which are reinforced by good choices of example texts that are then revised and improved, in accordance with those suggestions. But it struck me that there is one logical subdivision of the book, which the authors may not necessarily have intended. It cleaves well into two portions. One deals with the timeless nature of writing clear, non-fiction text; totally independent of any computers. For example, it includes Part 2 of the book, entitled 'Easy to understand', which spans 3 chapters, 'Clarity', 'Concreteness' and 'Style'. Even from the single word titles, you could guess that they are of this ilk. In contrast, the other portion of the book relates more to a computer and browser oriented presentation. Both portions are well put. But the authors and the publisher may have sold themselves short. The first portion, with minor tweaks, could be useful enough as a standalone text. But to a far broader audience than technical writers. It could be directed at the high school or undergraduate level, for a class on non-fiction writing. In my high school, we never had guidelines as cogently argued as this. I could have used it then. So perhaps could you. Thus, the pity may be that most who might benefit from the book will never chance to encounter it.