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Saunders, Arlan ; Hewlett-Packard Corporation, 11431 Chinden Blvd., Boise, ID 83707

Writing to the reader's needs is the theme of this article. Specific suggestions include (1) telling “why” in explanations and instructions, (2) using plenty of illustrations, (3) organizing logically, and (4) formatting for ease of use. Other tips include flowcharting the procedure to be sure steps are complete and in proper sequence; strongly emphasizing safety notices; and using action verbs in the imperative mood. A proposed format for assembly procedures is included.

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:PC-25 ,  Issue: 1 )