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How to write & present technical information
Sides, Charles H., 1952-
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Like its predecessors, the new edition of this popular guide uses a friendly, straightforward approach to help scientists and engineers demystify the process of writing and presenting technical information. Among the topics covered are gathering information, writing different types of documents, editing the work, and making presentations. New chapters explain how to write and design for electronic media, including multimedia products and the World Wide Web. Also new are chapters on how to write public relations materials and marketing and advertising copy, which are intended to help technical professionals acquire a broader range of skills-an important factor in this age of downsizing.

Author Notes

Charles H. Sides , PhD, directs the technical communication program at Fitchburg State College. A recognized scholar, he has published seven books and over two dozen articles concerning a wide range of technical and professional communication issues. He was recently appointed executive editor of the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, the leading international scholarly journal in its field, and editor of the prestigious Baywood Technical Writing Book Series. An active consultant to defense, high-tech, and publications industries, he has worked with clients across the United States, as well as in the Middle East and Far East.

Table of Contents

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