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The ABC’s of Technical Writing

1. Accuracy – must be tactful in the data recording, statement of calculating mathematical figures.

2. Brevity – it is easier to grasp the main idea of the written report if you have a brief report.

3. Confidence – writer has to be decisive or sure of what he is writing about.

4. Coherence – is the logical togetherness of the material. Sentences, paragraphs, and groups of paragraphs hold together by means of appropriate transitional devices.

5. Dignity – ring of authority; all grammatical constructions must be complete and should bear no flowery words.

6. Emphasis – stressing the major points and subordinating them.

7. Facility – devices used by the writer

7.1 Pacing – technical/unfamiliar info should be presented from small to large quantity

7. 2 Sequence – familiar to unfamiliar; simple to complex; from whole to parts

7.3 Arrangement – significant details should be stresses and balanced to show their proper relationship

7.4 Continuity – thought of one part to another should be clearly established, illustrated, or stated

8. Grammatical Correctness – reflects the communicative competence of the writer

9. Honesty – if the writer borrowed some statements, ideas, or quotations, he has to acknowledge them either in footnotes, end-notes, or cite the author or sources.

10. Illustration – includes charts, diagrams, tables, photos, and others which is used to clarify and support the writer’s views, idea, or the text given.

11. Judgment – judicious weighing of evidence is important. The best evidence can be gotten by considering these criteria; that which is ample, most pertinent, most simple in explaining the facts with least additional evidence, and most in harmony with the rest of the available evidence.

12. Knowledge – is more that just a collection of data, for it involves interpretation and the formulation of conclusions.

13. Logic – process of showing the relations...
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