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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 3 • Sept. 2000

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  • Outlining goes electronic [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):336 - 338
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  • Technical report writing today, 7th edition [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):339 - 340
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  • Web wisdom: how to evaluate and create information quality on the web [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):341 - 342
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  • Expanding translation use to improve the quality of technical communication

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):323 - 326
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    Traditionally, many American technical communicators have tended to view translation as a “one-way” system in which they create English-language source text that is converted into another language. This singular perspective of translation can be seen in professional communication literature that tends to focus on how to better “write for translation” rather than exploring o... View full abstract»

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  • Profile of Jan D'Arcy

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):331 - 335
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  • Thinking aloud as a method for testing the usability of Websites: the influence of task variation on the evaluation of hypertext

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):279 - 291
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    In the usability testing of Web sites, thinking aloud is a frequently-used method. A fundamental discussion, however, about the relation between the use of different variants of thinking aloud and the evaluation goals for this specific medium is still lacking. To lay a foundation for this discussion, I analyzed the results of three usability studies in which different thinking-aloud tasks were use... View full abstract»

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  • Going beyond the native speaker in technical communication

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):327 - 330
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    Vivian Cook, University of Essex, advises his fellow EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers to view their students as multicompetent language users rather than as deficient native speakers. The same advice can readily be given to technical writers and editors who may occasionally struggle to adapt the writing of nonnative speaking (NNS) engineers, researchers, and programmers to style book n... View full abstract»

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  • Babel in document design: the evaluation of multilingual texts

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):313 - 322
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    The aim of the study is to analyze the process of document design in a multilingual setting. In order to evaluate translation quality, a theoretical perspective is formulated as a basis for criteria for a good translation. In this perspective, the target text is considered an autonomous document. Two sets of criteria are distinguished: correctness errors and functional errors. The tools that were ... View full abstract»

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  • Measuring reading behavior in policy documents: a comparison of two instruments

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):292 - 301
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    Techniques for observing selection and reading behavior in professional documents, such as the thinking-aloud and the click-and-read methods, may affect the reading process to be observed. Such so-called reactivity problems complicate the use of these instruments in experimental research and usability testing. If their influence is unknown, any experimental results obtained with these instruments ... View full abstract»

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  • Toward a document evaluation methodology: what does research tell us about the validity and reliability of evaluation methods?

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):242 - 260
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    Although the usefulness of evaluating documents has become generally accepted among communication professionals, the supporting research that puts evaluation practices empirically to the test is only beginning to emerge. This article presents an overview of the available research on troubleshooting evaluation methods. Four lines of research are distinguished concerning the validity of evaluation m... View full abstract»

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  • Challenges in developing research-based Web design guidelines

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):302 - 312
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    Formulating design guidelines from research results can potentially offer two advantages: available empirical knowledge is distilled into a readily accessible form, and practitioners can judge the authority of those guidelines for themselves, but a case history demonstrates that challenges confront the developer of research-based guidelines for Web site design, First, few studies of people using t... View full abstract»

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  • Thinking aloud: reconciling theory and practice

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):261 - 278
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    Thinking-aloud protocols may be the most widely used method in usability testing, but the descriptions of this practice in the usability literature and the work habits of practitioners do not conform to the theoretical basis most often cited for it: K.A. Ericsson and H.A. Simon's (1984) seminal work. After reviewing Ericsson and Simon's theoretical basis for thinking aloud, we review the ways in w... 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.