- Paperback: 687 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; 5th edition (Jan. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312166923
- ISBN-13: 978-0312166922
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
Handbook of Technical Writing Paperback – 1 Jan 1996
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About the Author
Gerald J. Alfred is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches business and technical writing. Charles T. Brusaw is presently a business writing consultant for many corporations worldwide. He retired from NCR Corporation after working for twenty years as a technical writer. He has also worked in advertising, public relations, and curriculum development. Walter E. Oliu is Acting Director of the Division of Freedom of Information and Publications Services at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has taught at Miami University of Ohio and Slippery Rock State University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The publisher claims that the handbook "is specifically geared to the art of technical communication". Not so. The majority of information here pertains to all writers--for instance, the explanation of the proper use of italics and discussion of the voice, mood, and tense of verbs. Even the examples are general rather than technically-related: the entry for like/as has the example "She took to architecture as a bird takes to nest building", which it is difficult to imagine finding in a computer manual, progress report, proposal, or even correspondence.
Some readers may find value in the longer entries, such as those about feasibility reports, instructions, process explanation, proposals, and various types of letters. These provide an interesting combination of introduction/recap for these topics. However, some of the longer entries are bewildering--for example, there is an entry about interviewing for a job, the presence of which is difficult to justify, particularly as the discussion is not specific to jobs in technical writing.
Several entries are marked with a symbol that resembles a cross between the European recycling logo and the yin/yang symbol. There is no explanation of the meaning of this symbol... unless the reader happens across the entry for English as a second language (ESL). Ouch.
Although this fifth hardcover edition has a 1997 copyright date, some examples betray the book's earlier origin. The examples of typeface quality (under the entry for word processing) shows a very early laser printer.Read more ›
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It's laid out like a left brainer thinks. Here's an example: you can look up "affect/effect" and it explains them both and tells when to use which one. Way better than a dictionary where you have to look up both and decide.