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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 4 • Date Dec 1990

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  • Writing for the online medium: a critical review

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):178 - 181
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    Three books that attempt to define online documentation are studied and the important theoretical and practical issues that are being raised by this communication medium are discussed (E. Barratt, 1988; S. Doheney-Farina, 1988; W.K. Horton, 1990). The focus is on how the intersection of research and practice is helping to construct this new definition, and the works are analyzed critically through... View full abstract»

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  • Moving toward maturity: research in technical communication

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):197 - 204
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    Research in technical communication in 1989 is assessed. The analysis indicates that systematic research in technical communication is still in a limited stage of development. One major problem is the lack of a clear distinction between an illustrative case and a case study in the empirical sense. In the few articles presenting systematic research, the most frequently used methodology is survey/qu... View full abstract»

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  • The brain/mind and document design

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):168 - 171
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    Four very different books from four very different fields, (neuroscience, linguistics, cognitive psychology and philosophy) are studied. The books all accept the model of the brain as modular and share a common view of the general organization of the human brain. Although only one of the books deals specifically with usable design, the author believes that all of them have potential interest for d... View full abstract»

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  • Software documentation: from instruction to integration

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):172 - 177
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    The field of software documentation is reviewed by examining manual writing before and after 1985. Changes in the field include an increased emphasis on satisfaction of users, improved management strategies and improved design techniques. Three books on software documentation published since 1988 are surveyed, and it is argued that the trends after 1985 reinforce a social constructionist view of d... View full abstract»

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  • Texts and other resources for training in technical and scientific communication

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):205 - 219
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    A bibliography and its introduction provide a convenient way to narrow the scope of selecting pedagogical material by discussing recent, easily accessible books in the field of technical communication. The bibliography consists of two parts: one is devoted to more traditional textbooks appropriate for classroom use, whether in academia or in industry and business; the other discusses such other re... View full abstract»

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  • From start to finish: approaches to introductions and conclusions in technical writing textbooks

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):220 - 225
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    The varied treatments, introductions and conclusions receive in technical writing textbooks are explored from the dual perspective of the students who must incorporate the advice into their work and the professors who must present the material to students. The books attempt to focus on specific techniques for generating clear, concise writing, delineate methods of authorial analysis and offer stud... View full abstract»

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  • The case for organizational communication

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):188 - 192
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    Three books that provide an overview of current practice in organization communication, look into the future of the field, and a penetrating critique of key assumptions and definitions are reviewed. Several of the issues under consideration-especially organizational culture, generalisation conflicts, and the relationship between communication and productivity-are of special interest to the busines... View full abstract»

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  • John Carroll's The Nurnberg Funnel and minimalist documentation

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):182 - 187
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    In The Nurnberg Funnel, J.M. Carroll (1990) reviews and reformulates his research on minimalism, a well-known approach to both print and online software documentation in which explicit instruction is severely reduced and users learn through a predominantly exploratory process. The authors examine the book and conclude that although it is stimulating and valuable, Carroll fails to make a compelling... View full abstract»

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