By Prof P Sprent, P. Sprent

ISBN-10: 0203475003

ISBN-13: 9780203475003

ISBN-10: 0419192204

ISBN-13: 9780419192206

It is a functional and entire advisor to all features of writing approximately technology and expertise, together with either `how to put in writing' and the sensible and advertisement facets of publishing as they impact an writer. designated good points of technical writing are mentioned intimately. It additionally offers designated recognition to difficulties dealing with writers of guideline manuals in catering for clients with a variety of technical backgrounds.

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What constitutes a paragraph depends upon what you want to say on a theme. When describing an experiment you might: • • • list the components needed; explain how these are connected; how the experiment is performed. Each aspect calls for at least one distinct paragraph. You may need a further split; for example, if some components are glass and some metal, each kind may be described in a separate paragraph. Several paragraphs may be needed to describe different stages of the experiment. Avoid excessively long paragraphs; few should exceed 200 words, the majority should be 100 words or less.

In later chapters I stress the wisdom of being consistent when there are choices; my advice here to modify sometimes the way you give references contradicts that recommendation, but I rate it a worthy exception, and a good illustration of the point that one should not be too dogmatic about rules when there is a good reason to modify them—a point I also make in the next chapter about some aspects of microstyle. g. preparation of an index) in later chapters only because they are not relevant to the pre- and earlywriting phases.

For everyday words most well-known standard one-volume dictionaries are adequate. ), and may even be incorporated into word-processing programs. Increasingly, these and other reference books such as encyclopedias are also being distributed on CD-ROM. At a more sophisticated level The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (2 volumes) (FRII) and Webster’s Third International Dictionary (3 volumes) (FRII) are useful; most writers have at least library access to one or both of these. Webster includes many scientific and technical terms and usually indicates both preferred English and American spellings.

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