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How to Write and Present Technical Information

Handbook / ManualOut of Print

By: Charles H Sides

209 pages, Figs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 1999 | Edition: 3 | #96723 | ISBN: 0521666937
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About this book

How to Write and Present Technical Information provides readers with concise, easy-to-use guidelines for communicating about technology in professional environments. Communication is a vitally important function of every high-tech professional, and one that is often neglected in training. Many professionals are uncomfortable with the communication tasks they face every day in the workplace. These tasks include such diverse activities as writing reports, technical manuals, articles and papers; designing visual material; organising meetings and preparing speeches. The book shows how to save time by preparing for these activities, and how to tap into individual talents more effectively. Dr Sides' book is clear, easy-to-read and easy to put into practice. Furthermore, the advice has been tested by the author on courses he has held for General Electric, Digital Equipment Corporation and MIT, among others. This edition is fully updated to cover internet and multimedia applications, and publicity material and advertising copy.

'Excellent ! easy to read, refreshingly candid ! just plain good advice.' Technical Communication 'For the engineer, computer scientist, manager, or technical writer who needs to prepare a document quickly and effectively.' Academic Library Book Review 'How to Write and Present Technical Information is both enjoyable and thought-provoking, and the book itself is the best evidence that Sides knows his subject. I think almost all technical professionals would benefit from reading him at their leisure, and reflecting on the advice he offers.' Rachael Padman, The Observatory 'I found it to be so clearly set out that I just read through it almost like a novel without getting bored ! not only is this book excellent for personal use but it would be a first-class text to use as a basis for a course - short or long - on communication in general. if you have any interest at all in running such a course you could do a lot worse than make this your first, and possibly only, buy. Overall: highly recommended.' Robin Jakeways, Physics Education


Preface; Introduction; Part I. Writer, Audience and Documentation: 1. Who we are and what we do; 2. How to define high-quality documentation; 3. How to define your audience; Part II. Getting Started: 4. How to get organised; 5. How to get information with interviews; 6. How to explain your subject; 7. How to use graphics with reports and papers; 8. How to use writing tools; Part III. How to Write a Paper or Report: 9. How to organise a paper; 10. How to write the discussion or body of an article; 11. How to write the exit; 12. How to write the lead; Part IV. How to Write Specific Documents: 13. How to write memos; 14. How to write specifications; 15. How to write procedures; 16. How to write proposals; 17. How to write analysis reports; 18. How to write product descriptions; Part V. How to Write and Design for Electronic Media: 19. How to use the internet as a writing tool; 20. How to design and write for multimedia applications; 21. How to design and write for the World Wide Web; Part VI. How to Write and Manage Associated Communications: 22. How to write public relations documents; 23. How to write marketing and advertising documents; Part VII. Finishing Your Work: 24. How to avoid common writing problems; 25. How to edit and revise your work; Part VIII. Presentations and Meetings: 26. How to make professional presentations; 27. How to use visuals with presentations; 28. How to run effective meetings; Index.

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