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SPECIAL TECHNIQUES IN TECHNICAL WRITING

What do you mean by technique?

It is the skillfulness in the command of fundamentals deriving from practice and familiarity.

"Practice greatly improves proficiency"

General Technical Writing and Reporting Techniques

Beyond clear writing, there are a number of special techniques that technical writers employ - here are just three of the basic techniques:

1. The technique of boiling down complex information to a simpler, more readable form. 2. The technique of transforming diverse information into something coherent and meaningful. 3. The technique of arranging information in a way that makes it easy to find.

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Definition

Definition gives concise but exact meanings of unfamiliar words and special meanings of familiar words. Definition is a useful technique in writing about technical subjects. A technical writer should define the terms with multiple meanings and those that are unfamiliar to the reader. A technical writer should give a term a special meaning within a report by giving the operative meaning to the term. The definition depends on the complexity or unfamiliarity of the term

2 methods of definition
Simple definition. A simple definition could be formal, semi-formal or non-formal definition by giving the genus and the differentia of the term.

Extended definition. Extended definition is by stipulation, operation, explication, cause and effect, classification, example, and other rhetorical functions. Classification

Classification is dividing something into groups, categories, etc. This is normally done in accordance with several criteria

Description of a Mechanism

Description of a Mechanism is an explanation of a system or parts of an apparatus. The characteristics and functions of a piece of the device and the totality of the mechanism are discussed clearly to the reader.

Process Description

This explains the arrangement of a sequence in chronological...
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