Technical Writing Articles

Principle Seven: Communicate Visually

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The primary task of technical writers is to write. However, technical communication encompasses many fields of expertise. One field that technical writers should be familiar with is visual design, also referred to as visual communication design.

Principle Six: Organize Information Logically

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Unstructured text typically consists of one paragraph after another, maybe with a randomly formulated title here and there. Information presented in this way is monotonous and visually unappealing.

Principle Five: Negate with Purpose

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Writers in marketing communications know that it pays to adopt a positive tone of voice. Unlike marketing content writers, software developers are often better at criticizing their work than extolling the virtues of their products.

Principle Four: Choose Verbs with Care

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This article is part of a series of articles entitled 10 Minimalist Principles for Good Technical Writing. Broadly speaking, minimalism is any style or technique that is characterized by an extreme reduction to necessities and radical simplification. A minimalist is a person who strives to restrict the means and ends required to achieve a goal […]

Principle Three: Use Active Voice

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This article is part of a series of articles entitled 10 Minimalist Principles for Good Technical Writing. Broadly speaking, minimalism is any style or technique that is characterized by an extreme reduction to necessities and radical simplification. A minimalist is a person who strives to restrict the means and ends required to achieve a goal […]

Principle Two: Use Parallelism

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This article is part of a series of articles entitled 10 Minimalist Principles for Good Technical Writing. Broadly speaking, minimalism is any style or technique that is characterized by an extreme reduction to necessities and radical simplification. A minimalist is a person who strives to restrict the means and ends required to achieve a goal […]

Principle One: Keep sentences simple

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This article is part of a series of articles entitled 10 Minimalist Principles for Good Technical Writing. Broadly speaking, minimalism is any style or technique that is characterized by an extreme reduction to necessities and radical simplification. A minimalist is a person who strives to restrict the means and ends required to achieve a goal […]

When More Is Less and Less Is More

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Broadly speaking, minimalism is any style or technique that is characterized by an extreme reduction to necessities and radical simplification. A minimalist is a person who strives to restrict the means and ends required to achieve a goal to a minimum. Applying minimalist principles to writing can support the key objective of technical communication: to […]

The Bestselling Technical Writer: An Oxymoron?

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It’s the year 2017 and people use apps for everything; no one reads documentation. The job of a technical writer has been replaced by an icon on a mobile device. Yet for many companies, documentation is still necessary to fulfil specific legal and safety requirements. Technical writers still strive to create consistent and usable documentation out of professional pride – documentation which no one reads.

Technical Communication

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In the second millennium, “technical” and “communication” undeniably go hand in hand. Computers, mobile telecommunications, and the Internet in particular, have dramatically influenced how we communicate. Many people now use these open and easily accessible communication channels to share their thoughts and ideas: at home, at work, and increasingly while traveling. modern Web publishing and […]

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