Writing for the Technical Professions (4th Edition)

Writing for the Technical Professions (4th Edition)

Kristin R. Woolever

Language: English

Pages: 557

ISBN: 0321011228

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Whether used a means of thoroughly introducing the novice to technical writing or as a reference resource for the professional, Writing in the Technical Professions, 4/e, offers solid instruction based on the demands of the technical workplace.  The pragmatic approach and inclusion of a variety of writing tasks equips readers with the strategy needed successfully respond to the real-world situations in technical communication.

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constraints of an organization. In a technical communication course you study ideal techniques and best practices. When you're out in the field actually applying what you learn, you have to make choices on the fly and maintain high standards despite the obstacles that may be put in your way. As the old saying goes, "True learning comes by doing." If you are working for a company or an organization already, you may be tempted to substitute the work you are paid to do for this project, instead of

document written (in English or in another language, if you can read another language) by a writer from a different culture. How is it organized? What are the similarities and differences in its organization from the organizational strategies in your own culture? What does the organization tell you about the writer's cultural context? How would you reorganize a document that you have written if you were lo target that culture? Community Action Project Offer to serve as an organizational editor

Graphics and Text.) As computer technology makes desktop publishing more accessible, and as graphics software becomes more commonplace, try not to be seduced by the many bells and whistles available to you. Remember the negative effects that too many graphics have on readers, and resist the temptation to use them indiscriminately. • Tip: Be careful not to overdo graphics. Maintain a good balance between illustrations and words so that the illustrations don't overwhelm the document, making it

Tech Univeristy; Karen E. Kasonic, Univeristy of Washington; Karla Saari Kitalong, University of Central Florida; Kristen L. Olson, Pennsylvania State Univeristy; Shelley Harper Palmer, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; Lee S. Tesdell, Minnesota State Univeristy, Mankato. I am also grateful to the reviewers who read the manuscript at various stages and in earlier editions, and who offered detailed and thoughtful counsel: Nancy Allen, Eastern Michigan University; Cynthia A. Anderson, Texas A&M

routinely traveling in international circles, attending conferences, business meetings, and specialized training. It is not unusual for technical professionals to work on a project with colleagues from several international branch offices, keeping in touch via e-mail, fax, telephone, or video conferencing, and to be called upon by the media to provide commentary or explanations about the technical advances the public sees occurring at a sometimes frightening pace. Technical communication plays a

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