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Reporting Results by William F. Hosford, David C. van Aken

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1 Elements of Technical Writing

The ability to communicate cluarly is the most important skill engineers and scientists can have. Their best work will be lost if it is not communicated effectively. In this chapter, elements of the technical style of writing are examined. Technical writing differs in presentation and tone from other styles of writing; these differences are described first. The most important elements of the technical writing style to be discussed are conciseness and unambiguity. The chapter ends with a discussion of proofreading and some helpful hints in developing technical writing skills.

Presentation and Tone

Technical communication differs from fiction in many ways. In mystery novels the reader is kept in suspense because the ...

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