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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 3 • Date Sep 1989

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  • The great debate over unclassified information: national security versus scientific freedom

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):139 - 148
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    The author examines the fundamental conflict between controlling the dissemination of scientific and technical data and promoting openness and peer review of the data. She focuses on the control of unclassified scientific and technical data for national security purposes. She explains the reasons for such controls, the federal government's policies, and how some foreign governments deal with this ... View full abstract»

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  • Exploring quality: what Robert Pirsig's `Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance can teach us about technical communication

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):154 - 158
    Cited by:  Papers (1)
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    The author argues that the major reason why Robert Pirsig's `Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance', first published in 1974, continues to attract so much interest lies in the way Pirsig challenges our values. Pirsig shows that we have lost our understanding of quality, and he explores how we can restore a sense of quality to our lives. The author suggests that technical communication could be... View full abstract»

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  • The semiology of documents

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):171 - 177
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (1)
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    The author describes: (1) how desktop publishing requires documents to be designed; (2) how elements in documents communicate identity, unity, sequence, hierarchy, similarities and differences, and conventional meaning through visual characteristics like surrounding white space, size of font or element, value, placement, and orientation; (3) how information processing, graphic characteristics, and... View full abstract»

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  • The structure of scientific and engineering papers: a historical perspective

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):132 - 138
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    Many technical style guides and handbooks recommend the use of a `topical structure' for reporting original results from experimental research. This structure typically follows the sequence: heading, abstract, introduction, experimental details, results, discussion of results, conclusions, acknowledgements, and references. Slight variations in this basic structure are also employed in reporting th... View full abstract»

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  • A new kind of internship: technical writing for engineers

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):150 - 153
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    An important part of the Certificate in Technical Communication Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering is the technical communication internship, which integrates on-the-job experience with classroom experience. The certificate program requirements and the internship are described. Students who plan careers both in technical writing and in engineering report that the... View full abstract»

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  • A technical writing curriculum that brings art and science together

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):159 - 161
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    The author discusses the University of Central Florida's technical writing program, which has unusual ways of presenting technical subjects while emphasizing writing and literature. Students learn about science from the English instructors, and they also learn English from scientists by studying the writings of Lewis Thomas, Isaac Asimov, Michael Faraday, Thomas Henry Huxley, and many others. Beca... View full abstract»

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  • Collaborative writing in the workplace

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):178 - 182
    Cited by:  Papers (11)
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    The author suggests that when technical experts team up to produce technical documents, dividing the workload horizontally, with each team member handling a separate chapter or section, does not work very well. He maintains that stratifying the project vertically, with a project team leader, a data gatherer, a writer, an editor, and a graphics person, is a more efficient and more effective method ... View full abstract»

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  • Quality improvement in technical documents and presentations: application in the classroom

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):162 - 170
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    When the professional who teaches technical communication uses quality control techniques that are common in industry, technical reports and presentations show continual improvement. These techniques emphasize participative management, which in the classroom means student involvement in improving the process of writing a technical paper or making a technical presentation. Another effective techniq... View full abstract»

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  • Collaborative writing with hypertext

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):183 - 188
    Cited by:  Patents (4)
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    The authors introduce the concept of hypertext and focus on how hypertext can facilitate writing activities. A survey of the capabilities of existing hypertext systems and current research activities is included View full abstract»

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  • Using personal bibliographic databases to keep up with the engineering literature

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):189 - 193
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    Retrieval of bibliographic information from literature searches is now moving from the use of comprehensive centralized databases into specialized PC-mounted databases. To be effective, a personal database must take account of the structure of the literature it contains, as well as provide easy access for record entry and searching. The author describes how to design and compile a database for bib... View full abstract»

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  • Database management system for conference program preparation

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):194 - 199
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    A database management system for organizing the program of a conference is described. The system runs on an IBM-compatible personal computer with hard disk using DBASEIII-PLUS. The system is used for logging papers submitted for review, writing letters of acknowledgement, distributing and tracking papers in the review process, writing letters that notify authors of paper disposition, communicating... View full abstract»

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  • A survey of diagrams in CAD documentation

    Publication Year: 1989, Page(s):200 - 204
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    A number of research-based guidelines for incorporating instructional diagrams into documentation are discussed. A survey that was conducted to determine the extent to which existing computer-aided-design (CAD) documentation follows these guidelines is described. The results of the survey indicate that diagrams in CAD documentation do not, for the most part, follow the guidelines. Avenues of furth... View full abstract»

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The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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George F. Hayhoe
Mercer University School of Eng.