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Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists

ISBN-10: 0131498630
ISBN-13: 9780131498631
Edition: 2005
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Description: Written for scientists and engineers who need to communicate technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences, this is a fast-paced guide to writing clear, concise, readable technical documents, giving compelling technical presentations.

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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 5/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Written for scientists and engineers who need to communicate technical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences, this is a fast-paced guide to writing clear, concise, readable technical documents, giving compelling technical presentations.

Preface
Planning To Write
The Quest
Technical Writing Theorems
Technical Writing Can Be Creative
Tell 'Em
The Value of Technical Communication to You
Comparing Technical Writing to Engineering and Science
Audience
General Education Level
Experience and Expertise
Breadth of Audience
Native Language
Native Culture
Audience Motivation
Medium and the Message
Becoming the Audience
Summary of Audience
Documentation Plans
Document Specifications (Doc Specs)
Doc Specs: Sample
Documentation Project Plans
Documentation Project Plan: Sample
Summary of Documentation Specifications
Writing: General Principles
Words
Jargon
Consistency
Verbs
Adjectives and Adverbs
Pronouns: He, She, and They
Pronouns: You Pronouns: It and They
Fluffy Phrases Commonly Confused Words
Summary of Words
Sentences
Active Voice and Passive Voice
Active Voice Is Better
When Is Passive Voice Okay?
Short = Sweet Causes of Long Sentences
One Sentence = One Thought Parenthetical Clauses
Summary of Sentences
Paragraphs and Sections
Sentence Transitions
Paragraph Length Paragraph Transitions
Sections
Summary of Paragraphs and Sections
Lists
Bulleted Lists
Elements in Bulleted Lists
The Length of Each Element
Numbered Lists
Directions
Introductions to Lists
Parallel Lists
Summary of Lists
Tables
Column Headers
Units of Measure
Arrangement of Columns and Rows
Parallelism in Tables
Amount of Text in Cells
Rules
Shading
Captions
Summary of Tables
Graphics
Graphics
Time Series
Extra Detail in Online Graphics
Before and After
Callouts versus Embedded Text
Graphics That Orient Readers
Screenshots
Color Blindness
Block Diagrams
Text That Supplements Figures
Technical Photography
Line Art Enhances Technical Photographs
Big Picture First, Then Details
Layout: Controlling Focus
Layout: Keeping Eyes on the Page
Layout: White Space
Summary of Graphics
Professional Secrets
Explanations of Formula-Based Rules
Examples Examples by Metaphor
Examples for Programming Documentation
Question-and-Answer Format
Question-and-Answer Format Example
In Other Words
Tone
Pace
Footnotes and Other Digressions
Beyond the Obvious
Precision Descriptions
The Hardest Part of Writing
Summary of Professional Secrets
Writing: Spectific Kinds of Documents
Manuals
Manual Style: Cookbooks
Cookbook Example: Installing the Carambola Server
Manual Style: Tutorials
Tutorial Example: Getting Started with HTML
Manual Style: Guides
Guide Example: Creating HTML Headers
Manual Style: Reference Manuals Reference Example: The pr1me Utility
Manual Style: Nonverbal Manuals
Online Help: Overview
Online Help: Best Practices
Online Help Examples
Release Notes
Release Notes Example: Carambola Web Server Version 3.7
Prefaces
Preface Example
Glossaries
lossary Example: Tropical Weather Terms
Tables of Contents
ndexes
dexes: Providing Concise Entries
dexes: Permuting Terms
dexes: Providing Entries for Concepts
mmary of Manuals
Web Sites
Plans Home Page: Specify

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