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Good style : writing for science and technology

Author: John Kirkman
Publisher: London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats

This book explains the tactics you can use to write technical material - ranging from reports to manuals - in a coherent, readable style. The author discusses in detail choices of vocabulary,  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Style manuals
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Kirkman
ISBN: 0419171908 9780419171904
OCLC Number: 25730801
Description: viii, 221 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1 Which style do technical readers prefer? Part 2 On style in general: style as choice; sentence length and complexity; weight and familiarity of vocabulary; jargon; "fashionable" words; "roundabout" and unusual phrasing; excessive pre-modification; use of nouns as pre-modifiers; abstraction; excessive "nominalization"; verbs - tense and voice, impersonal vs first-person and second-person constructions; punctuation; tone - in hard copy and in on-screen text. Part 3 Avoiding "distorted" English in computer-related texts. Part 4 Style for instructions and procedures. Part 5 Style for descriptive and explanatory writing: descriptions and explanations; specifications. Part 6 Style for correspondence. Part 7 Writing for international audiences: the need to accept restrictions on language; writing for "expert" readers, students, readers who do not understand English (using "controlled" English); icons. Part 8 On avoiding ambiguity. Appendices: Texts used in the survey made with the co-operation of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the British Ecological Society and the Biochemical Society; results and comments from the surveys of style for reports and papers; texts used in the survey of readers' responses to various styles for a technical manual; results and comments from the survey of style for a technical manual.
Responsibility: John Kirkman.


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