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Lesson 4 Commentary Review of the Reading Assignment The writing process in technical communication is essentially the same as that in other kinds of composition. Planning involves: analyzing audience and purpose, generating ideas about the topic, researching additional information, organizing and outlining the document, and devising a schedule and budget. Drafting is the same process in technical communication as in composition. However, many technical documents are created using templates. Templates have advantages in saving writers time and helping them achieve an attractive document, but they can encourage writers to organize and develop the document in a way that is inappropriate for the subject. In addition, readers see particular templates often and can make negative inferences about writers who use them. Writers should, however, use
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Unformatted text preview: styles, which help ensure stylistic consistency (and enable writers to create automatic tables of contents). Writers can use several techniques to revise, edit, and proofread technical documents. The first is to study the document using a checklist. (Markel also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the outline view, spell checkers, grammar checkers, electronic thesauri, and the find-and-replace feature.) The second technique is to seek help from someone else. The third is to usability test the document. (Usability testing is the process of conducting controlled experiments to determine how users interact with and work from a document.) There are other techniques that writers use, but these provide a good starting place....
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course ENG 202 taught by Professor Emily during the Summer '11 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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