Technical Writing Style

ISBN-10: 0205197221

ISBN-13: 9780205197224

Edition: 1998

Authors: Dan Jones, Sam Dragga

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Part of the new Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication, Technical Writing Style is equally appropriate as a core text or as a supplement. This text offers the most current and comprehensive instruction available in achieving an effective style in technical docu- ments. It shows that technical prose style varies from the highly formal to the colloquial, from the pretentious to the plain, and it demonstrates the many stylistic strategies writers should consider for every technical document they write. Among the major topics included are: style and technical writing style; audiences and discourse communities; persuasion through style; diction; style in sentences and paragraphs; tone; bias; ethics; and editing for style. Throughout, engaging real-world case studies and numerous examples reinforce the author's discussion of effective and ineffective technical prose styles.
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List price: $130.60
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Dan Jones is a British Author, Historian and Journalist. He was born Daniel Gwynne Jones in Reading, England on July 27, 1981, to Welsh parents. Jones was educated at The Royal Latin School before attending Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, where he received a first in History. In addition to his work as a newspaper columnist, Jones writes primarily about the middle ages. His titles include The Wars of the Roses, The Plantagenets and Summer of Blood.

Understanding Technical Writing Style
The Problem with Defining Style
A Definition of Style
Style in Technical Writing
The Domain of Technical Writing Style
Why Technical Writing Is Often Ineffective
Technical Writing as a Craft
Case Study 1 — Three Mile Island and Ineffective Communication
Reflecting the Style of a Discourse Community
What Is a Discourse Community? How Does a Discourse Community Affect Style? Questions to Consider Before Writing to a Discourse Community
Case Study 2 — The Space ShuttleChallengerand Different Discourse Communities
How Does Style Relate to Subject, Purpose, Scope, Audience, and Other Elements of Writing?3
Choosing an Appropriate Style
On Style and Grammar
Prescriptive and Descriptive Approaches to Style
Good and Bad Writing
Good and Bad Style
Appropriate and Inappropriate Style
Kinds of Styles
Persuading through Style
Technical Prose as Persuasion
The Rhetoric of Science
Some Practical Consequences of the New Rhetoric of Science
Persuasive Strategies and Stylistic Choices
Case Study 3 — TheExxon Valdezand Persuasion
Choosing Appropriate Words — Diction
On Diction
Levels of Diction
Denotation and Connotation
Challenges Presented by Specialized Diction
Major Diction Strategies in Technical Prose
Common Diction Faults
Technical Prose and a Literary Style
On Euphemisms and Dysphemisms
Case Study 4 — The Ruby Ridge Incident and Diction
Handling Technical Terms and Jargon
Using Technical Language
Words, Terms, and Terminology
Technical Terms as Jargon
The Challenges of Using Technical Terms
The Challenges of Using Jargon
Other Specialized Languages
Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initialisms
Tips for a Using Clear Technical Language
Case Study 5 — Apollo 13 and Jargon
Creating Sentences with Style
Sentences in Technical Prose
A Brief Review of Sentence Basics
Sentence Combining Techniques
Sentence Variety
Sentence Elegance in Technical Prose
Sentence Faults
Structuring Style in Paragraphs and Other Segments
Writing Technical Paragraphs
Writing on One Topic
Developing the Paragraph Topic
Achieving an Effective Flow
Providing Adequate Details
Larger Sections in Technical Prose
Common Paragraph Faults
Establishing an Appropriate Tone
Tone in Technical Prose
The Key Elements of Tone
Strategies for Developing an Appropriate Tone
Humor in Technical Writing
Case Study 6 — Computer Viruses and Tone
Considering Style and Bias
Bias in Technical Prose
Kinds of Bias
Political Correctness
Case Study 7 — Gender-Neutral Language
Determining the Ethics of Style
What is Ethics? Ethics and Technical Prose
Ethics and the Professions
Criteria for Judging Ethical Actions
Unethical Language
The Ethics of Style
Case Study 8 — Deception and theExxon Valdez
Editing for Style
Misconceptions about Editing
Approaches to Editing
The Challenges of Editing for Style
Strategies to Help You Edit for Style
Copyediting for Style
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