Science and Technical Writing A Manual of Style

ISBN-10: 0415925517

ISBN-13: 9780415925518

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Philip Rubens
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Description: This guide to science and technical writing covers topics including: audience analysis and document planning; writing for non-native audiences; grammar, usage and revising for publication; and technical prose and using acceptable spelling.

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

List of Exhibits
Contributors
Preface
Audience Analysis and Document Planning
Analyzing an Audience
Analyzing the Information
Determining the Appropriate Medium
Planning a Document's Content
Writing for Non-native Audiences
Minimum Word Strategy
Controlled English
Global English
Grammar, Usage, and Revising for Publication
Grammar Basics
Common Problems in Grammar, Style, and Usage
Revision Strategies
Punctuating Scientific and Technical Prose
Punctuation of Common Sentence Structures
Comma
Semicolon
Colon
Dash
Period
Question Mark
Exclamation Point
Hyphen
Slash
Apostrophe
Quotation Marks
Parenthesis
Brackets
Iconic Characters
Punctuating Equations
Using Acceptable Spelling
Good Spelling Practice
Plurals
Proper Names, Possessives, and Abbreviated Terms
Compound Words and Hyphenation
Word Division
Suffixes
Capitalization
Troublesome Words
Incorporating Specialized Terminology
Abbreviations as Professional Shorthand
Organization Names
Military Terminology
Health and Medical Terms
Scientific Terms and Symbols
Technology Terms
Using Numbers and Symbols
Using Numerals
Writing Fractions and Large Numbers
Using Words to Express Numbers
Using Hyphens with Numbers
Using Scientific Notation
Comparing Powers of Ten
Numbers in Tables and Graphs
Reporting Significant Digits
Units of Measurement
Choosing Appropriate Symbols
Mathematical Typography
Handling Mathematical Expressions
Using Quotations, Citations, and References
Legal Guidelines
Quotations
Citations, Notes, and References
Creating Indexes
Key Indexing Terms
Need for Indexes in Technical Material
The Goals of a Good Index
Planning an Index
Filing Index Entries
Index Format and Design
Indexing Procedure
Creating Nontextual Information
Electronically Acquiring, Processing, and Printing or Displaying Illustrations
Selecting Illustrations
Preparing Illustrations for Foreign Audiences
Constructing Illustrations
Special Considerations for Producing Illustrations
Creating Usable Data Displays
What Are Data Displays: Tables, Charts, and Diagrams?
Characteristics of Data Displays
Using Technology to Create Data Displays
Tables
Charts
Diagrams
Designing Useful Documents
Designing a Document's Format
Using Technology to Support Document Design
Designing the Page and Screen
Page and Screen Elements
Page and Screen Grids
Designing Specific Information Types
Controlling Large Document Sets
Graphic Production Considerations
Bibliography
Index
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