Technical Writing & Presentation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080115580, 9781483138961

Technical Writing & Presentation

1st Edition

The Commonwealth and International Library: Social Administration, Training, Economics, and Production Division

Authors: W. S. Robertson W. D. Siddle
Editors: R Brown G. Chandler W. A. Davis
eBook ISBN: 9781483138961
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1966
Page Count: 128
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Description

Technical Writing and Presentation is a guide to writing reports and articles for presentation to technical people or to the scientific community. The book deals with the special requirements in writing technical and highly specialized reports. The book covers the complete phase from planning the work to be done to finally editing the manuscript. To start writing, the writer aims to have a clear objective and properly identifies his kind of readership. Then the author provides tips on gathering information and how to arrange these in standard sequences. The author then discusses the style of writing, choice of words and sentences, paragraph length, use of appropriate jargon and clichés and the use of passive construction of sentences.
After providing some examples of good writing, the book addresses the importance of a good layout. This includes margins, spacing, headings, and preparing the manuscript. The use of illustrations, tone drawings, graphs, and photographs is discussed. The book then focuses on the editing process when the writer reviews his own work objectively. The text also gives tips on editing procedures as well as miscellaneous problems (use of copyrighted materials, footnotes, and references).
Many scientists, researchers, technologists, students, and academic professors who have to write articles and papers of a technical nature will find this book handy.

Table of Contents


Introduction

1. Planning the Work

What is it For

Technical Readers

Nontechnical Readers

Mixed Groups of Readers

2. Assembling the Information

Talking to Joe

Checking the Facts

Arranging the Facts

Detailed Arrangement

Standard Sequences

The Completed Arrangement

3. Finding the Right Words

Readability

Style

Sentences

Paragraphs

Words

Jargon

Cliches

Elegant Variation

Irritants

Headings

Abbreviations

Ungrammatical English

Punctuation

Passive Construction

Pomposity

Checking readability

The title

4. The First Draft

An Example Discussed

5. Some Examples Discussed

Examples (1)

Examples (2)

Examples (3)

6. The Importance of Good Lay-out

The Look of the Page

Margins

Spacing

White Space and Printed Text

Headings

Rules for Lay-out

Preparing the Manuscript

Reproducing the Report

7. Ways of Reproducing Reports

Carbon Copies

Office Copying Machines

Office Printing Machines

Stencil Duplicators

Spirit Duplicators

Offset Litho Machines

Lithography

Printing

When to use which Method

Putting Pages Together

8. Illustrations

Line and Tone Drawings

Graphs

Line Graphs

Block Graphs and other Diagrams

Use of Color in Drawings and Graphs

Photographs

Slides

Photographic Libraries

Reproduction of Drawings and Photographs

Summary

9. Reproducing Drawings and Photographs

Drawings

Photographs

Slides

10. Editing Technical Writing

Being Edited

Editing Someone else's Work

Editor and Author

Editing Procedures

11. Miscellaneous Problems

Copyright

Copyright and the User

Exceptions to Copyright Conditions

References

Footnotes

Indexing

Where to Publish

Nontechnical Periodicals and the Press

Finding a Publisher for Your Book

Index

Details

No. of pages:
128
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Pergamon 1966
Published:
Imprint:
Pergamon
eBook ISBN:
9781483138961

About the Author

W. S. Robertson

W. D. Siddle

About the Editor

R Brown

G. Chandler

Affiliations and Expertise

Canberra, Australia

W. A. Davis