Information on Technical Communication

 Reader Analysis
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 Revising

Resources: Books on Editing, Style, and Usage

  1. Technical Editing

    • An effective, detailed book on editing technical documents is Donald Sampson's Editing Technical Writing, Oxford University Press 1993.

    • For general conventions of documents and design of graphics see Charles T. Brusaw, Concise Handbook of Technical Writing, St Martins, 1997. *

    • A helpful book on sentence clarity is Joseph M. Williams Style : Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 5th edition, Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1996. *

  2. Style

    • A commonly used generic text is John Grossman, ed., The Chicago Manual of Style : The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (14th Edition) Univ of Chicago Press, 1993.

    • An inexpensive classic is William Strunk and E. B. White, Elements of Style 3rd edition, Allyn & Bacon 1995.

  3. Current Usage

    • For current information on word choice, capitalization, and gender references, see any of the major newspaper style guides. A current source is Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual,, Norm Goldstein, ed. Revised and updated June, 1998.

    • A recently revised classic is Wilson Follett, Erik Wensberg, Modern American Usage : A Guide, revised edition Hill & Wang, 1998.

  4. Style guides for specific situations include:

    • • United States Government Printing Office Style Manual

    • • American Mathematical Society’s A Manual for Authors of Mathematical Papers

    • For grammar and punctuation see any college handbook. A popular source is Harbrace College Handbook : With 1998 MLA Style Manual Updates (Rev 13th Ed) Harcourt, Brace College & School Division, 1998.

 

 

* If I could buy only two books on style and revision, it would be these two.