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Gerry T. Galacio

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Plain English for mechanical engineers
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2015, 08:44:22 AM »

Gerry T. Galacio

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Plain English for Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2015, 07:07:46 AM »
From "Improving your Technical Writing Skills" Version 6.1 by Norman Fenton, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary (University of London) at https://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~norman/papers/good_writing/Technical%20writing.pdf

"The approach described here emphasises simplicity (‘plain English’) and informality. For example, it encourages shorter sentences and use of the simplest words and phrases possible. It explains how you can achieve simplicity by using the active rather than the passive style, personal rather than impersonal style, and by avoiding noun constructs in favour of verbs. Crucially, this approach leads to better reports because they are much easier to read and understand."

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Good Business Writing Style = Plain English
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2015, 10:05:45 AM »
Free resources from "Sharpening Your Writing Skills" by Duncan Kent & Associates Ltd. at http://www.techcommunicators.com/publications/sharp.html

Chapter 1. Good Business Writing Style
Chapter 2. Planning to Write
Chapter 3. Writing Strategies
Chapter 4. Words and Sentences
Chapter 5. 20 Rules of Plain English
Chapter 6. Punctuation Matters
Chapter 7. Designing Effective Pages
App 1. Answers to Exercises
App 2. Writing Styleguide
App 3. Dictionary of Plain English

Note: Complete PDF available for download.