Professional and Technical Writing/Original TOC

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Welcome[edit]

This guide to technical writing was created by and for students enrolled in Technical and Professional Writing courses. The content is student-generated, with occasional feedback and guidance from course instructors and professional technical communicators. This technical writing guide is meant to be useful beyond the classroom.

We recommend reading the Rhetoric and Composition book as well.

Table of Contents[edit]

  1. Professional and Technical Writing/IntroductionDevelopment stage: 70% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  2. The Rhetorical Nature of Technical and Professional Writing 50% developed  as of 12 April 2010 (12 April 2010) Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. Basic Assumptions and Potential Complications 75% developed  as of 12 April 2010 (12 April 2010) Development stage: 90% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    2. Rhetorical Framework: Author-Subject-Audience 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)
    3. Appreciating Technical Communication Audiences 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009) Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    4. The Special Nature of "Subject" in Technical Communication 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009) Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    5. Developing an Authorial Voice 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009) Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    6. Persuading the Reader 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009) Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    7. The Many Contexts of Communicating Technical Information 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009) Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  3. Ethics and Technical Communication 0% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. Legal Issues and Communications 0% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    2. Appreciating Different Cultures 0% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  4. The Basics of Technical Communication 0% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 00% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. Guidelines for Creating Your Own Voice 0% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    2. Revising and Editing Documents 75% developed  as of 8 Mar 2010 (8 Mar 2010)Development stage: 90% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    3. Professional and Technical Writing/Documenting Your Sources 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 90% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  5. Career Documents 0% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. Résumés and CVs 50% developed  as of 26 Jan 2010 (26 Jan 2010)Development stage: 90% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    2. Cover Letters 50% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 90% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  6. Business Communications 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. Beginning A Communication 75% developed  as of 13 Dec 2009 (13 Dec 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    2. Business Letters 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    3. Writing Memos 75% developed  as of 14 April 2010 (14 April 2010)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    4. Composing E-Mail 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    5. Website Design75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 90% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  7. Designing Documents 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. General Design Concepts 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    2. Document Organization 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    3. Organizational Patterns 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    4. Front Matter: Contents, Lists and More 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    5. Back Matter: Appendices, Glossaries and More 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    6. Effective Tables 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    7. Charts and Graphs 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    8. Photos and Illustrations 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    9. Usability Testing of Technical Communications 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  8. Composing Business Reports and Proposals 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. Planning Reports 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    2. Preparing Business Proposals 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    3. Preparing Feasibility Studies 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    4. Professional and Technical Writing/Presentations 75% developed  as of 13 April 2010 (13 April 2010)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  9. Writing Technical Instructions 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. The Value of Visual Instructions 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  10. Project Management 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
    1. Organizing Teams 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)Development stage: 80% (as of Jan 11, 2005)
  11. Appendices
    1. Additional Information 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)
    2. A History of this Text 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)
    3. Glossary of Terms 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)
    4. Frequently Asked Questions 75% developed  as of 13 Jan 2009 (13 Jan 2009)



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