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Sexy technical writing…we’ve got to be kidding, right? But no, we aren’t. Good technical writing is powerful and clear and gets the job done. It brings people together and solves problems. Good technical writing purrs and hums like that BMW you plan to be driving someday.What’s not sexy about that? On the other hand, poor technical writing skills may lead to a lifetime of asking people if they want fries with that…or worse, selling vacuum cleaners door to door. There’s no need to ask what’s not sexy about that!

WE – your textbook authors – are a team of dedicated writers, tech writing teachers, designers, artists and professionals who are absolutely passionate about technical writing. That’s why we decided to create a text for you that we all loved, a text that would be free and always available to you. Now, that’s sexy.

We hope you love what we have done as much as we have loved doing it…and notice…we haven’t even asked for a donation!

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technical communications, operating policies, procedures, writing, collaboration, graphics, logic, content management, data


Engineering | Rhetoric and Composition | Technical and Professional Writing


Chapters Include:

1. Introduction: The Nature of Sexy Technical Writing
2. Business Correspondence and Resumes
3. Types of Technical Documents
4. Business Plans
5. Proposals
6. Progress Reports
7. Writing Instructions
8. User Guides
9. Standard Operating Policies and Procedures
10. Recommendation and Feasibility Reports
11. Handbook Basics
12. Titles, Abstracts, Introductions, Conclusions
13. Oral Presentations
14.Ethics in Technical Communication
15. Report Design
16. Book Design Overview
17. Common Page Design
19. Bulleted and Numbered Lists
20. Special Notices
21. Tables, Charts, Graphs
22. Graphics
23. Help Desk: Creating an Index
24. Writing Process: From Audience to Rough Draft
25. Audience Analysis
26. Task Analysis and Task-oriented Documentation
27. Articulating Technical Information
28. Power-revision Techniques
29. Searching Libraries, Documenting Borrowed Information, and Cross-referencing
30. Basic Patterns and Elements of the Sentence
31. Common Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation Problems
32. Common Spelling Problems
33. Strategies for Peer-reviewing and Team-writing
34. Information Structures
35. Logic: Common Fallacies
36. Logic: How to Do it Wrong
37. Logic: Recognizing Fallacies
38. Usability Testing
39. Collaborative Writing
40. Technical Editing
41. Introduction to HTML
42. Standard Operating Policies and Procedures
43. Examples, Cases, and Models Index

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