- it is a communication in any field whose primary aim is to convey a particular piece of information for a particular purpose to particular readers. - it is objective, clear and accurate, concise and unemotional in its presentation of facts. - special techniques that often uses are definitions, descriptions of mechanism, descriptions of processes, classifications and interpretations.
THE NATURE OF TECHNICAL WRITING
Technical Writing Defined
Technical writing may be defined and described in the following manner (Mill & Walter, 1981): 1. Technical writing is exposition about scientific subjects and about various technical subjects associated with the sciences. 2. Technical writing is characterized by certain formal elements such as its scientific and technical vocabulary, its use of graphical aids and its use of conventional report forms. 3. Technical writing is ideally characterized by the maintenance of an attitude of impartially and objectivity, by the extreme care to convey information accurately and concisely, and by the absence of any attempt to arouse emotion. 4. Technical writing is writing in which there is a relatively high concentration of certain complex and important writing techniques in particular, definition, description of mechanism, description of a process, classification and interpretation.
Purpose of Technical Writing
Technical writing has three important purposes:
1. It gives information in decision making and task accomplishments. 2. It analyzes events and their implications, the failure of systems. 3. It persuades and influences decision making.
Subject Matter of Technical Writing
All formal aspects of professional areas, data in business, sciences, industries, technology and engineering are the subject matter of technical writing.
Characteristics of Technical Writing
1. Technical writing information flow easily and clearly.
2. Technical writing emphasizes objective reporting...