There are activities to create effective technical writing
Thinking and problem solving in order to act. Study and practice of using effective language- written, spoken, visual- to influence other's thoughts and actions.
Know their needs for information. Know their use for the information you provide. Central aspect of technical writing.
Practical- specific issues/ circumstances. Making the right or wrong decision.
those problems that present obstacles to a particular workplace environment such as a company, institution, agency or office (pg. 24)
Purpose for Document
problems related to the difficulties or troubles involved in the production of a text or document
Rhetorical thinking, Audience
Experience and Expertise
Context and Constraints
Graphics and Imaging Software, Handbook entry, Photographs
Help and E-Learning Authoring Tools
E-mail, Handbook relation
Computers make writing documents easy.
Communicating and Collaborating, Using the Internet, Access, Storage, Multimedia use, Transmission, Collaboration, Handbook entry, Conducting meetings from remote locations
Netiquette, Electronic Messaging, Video Conferences, Groupware
more wireless technology
Faster bandwidth and connection speed
Integration and portability
a code of conduct that helps individuals determine what is right and what is wrong. No formula or definitive rules
Think more clearly and more sensitively
Enable us to articulate our views to others
Enable us to advance in our ethical thinking
ethics are not the same as laws.
Trademark and Service Mark Laws
help us make decisions
Don't use Deceptive language
Don't Obscure or Misrepresent the Issue
communication between people and countries around the world.
Target Language, Handbook relation
Official national language
Do countries have the same access to the same technology. Identify common used technology and its reliability.
Common body of knowledge, Handbook relation
Political traditions and symbols
value of products and services in other countries.
Family and Social interactions
Significant role in government or law in other countries.
Collaborate with the Translator
Terminology Clarity Cultural and Rhetorical Differences Design
Localization, General localization, Radical localization
Internationalization, International variables
confirm your purpose
Analyze Your Audience, Level of expertise, Level of education, Cultural differences, Attitudes, Expectations, Context in which the document will be read
Gather Your Information
Develop Ideas about the Information, Collaboration and Discussion, Listing, Freewriting, Clustering
Organization, Organize Your Information, Purpose, Handbook relation, Audience, Logic, Ethics, Organizational strategy, Types, Sequention, Chronological, Order of Importance, General/Specific, Division, Classification, Cause and Effect, Comparison/Contrast, Spatial, Nonlinear Process, Drafting the Body, Coverage and Length, Organization and Access, Drafting the Conclusion, Drafting the Introduction, Outline Your Important Ideas, Writing the Draft, Parts of a Document, Front matter, Body, End matter, Handbook relation, Electronic Templates and Wizards, Handbook relation