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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 1 • Date March 1982

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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 1
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  • Preface

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):2 - 4
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    IN writing this preface I was reminded of a recent article reporting on the testing of a certain motorcycle. The first sentence was “The XV750 is very much the same as the XV920 test in the November 1981 issue-only it's different.” View full abstract»

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  • How well do you inform?

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):5 - 9
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    Handling details well is the hallmark of anyone who communicates well, yet most engineers write reports that are not analytical but catalogical. Catalogical writing tends to handle details serially without implying which ones are more important than others. Analytical writing, however, clearly distinguishes among the details. To be aware of the difference is an important step in creating an inform... View full abstract»

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  • Ten rules for writing readably

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):10 - 13
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    A readable style is created by proper handling of ideas, words, phrases, clauses, logic, syntax, and personality. Every word should be written for somebody. These rules tell how to create readable writing: (1) Read some great writing every day; (2) use genuinely familiar words; (3) break sentences into clearly defined units; (4) use signals in sentences (because, so, but); (5) make the subjects an... View full abstract»

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  • Writing policies and procedures manuals

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):14 - 15
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    By considering the three nouns from the title (policies-procedures-manuals) to be an acronym, the author offers some common sense principles to apply when writing manuals and reports. If you practice these principles, which range from outlining to proofreading, you are sure to enhance the psychological impact of your writing. View full abstract»

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  • A user-driven approach to better user manuals

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):16 - 19
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    To produce more effective user manuals, writers can be guided by the results of user polls. The information collected can come from response forms in the back of each manual, from surveys among selected user groups, and from personal communication with members of user groups. Such polls typically point out that most users want (1) manuals with fewer words, (2) instructions that are task-oriented, ... View full abstract»

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  • Writing effective assembly procedures

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):20 - 21
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    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 a... View full abstract»

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  • How to get users to follow procedures

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):22 - 25
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    Three basic criteria must be met to ensure that users follow procedures: First, the procedure must have an appropriate format. Nine formats are described: narrative, step-by-step list, list with a visual aid, playscript, list of questions, flowchart, narrative flowchart, decision logic table, and decision tree. Second, the procedure must not assume knowledge the user does not have (no step left ou... View full abstract»

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  • Job instruction: Four steps to success

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):26 - 30
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    The four steps of job instruction training are prepare, present, try out, and follow up. Preparation by the supervisor or instructor is for motivation of the employee or trainee. This involves empathy, assurance that nothing will be expected that can't be learned with reasonable effort, and encouragement of questions. Presentation on how a task is accomplished includes telling, showing, demonstrat... View full abstract»

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  • Creative Obfuscation

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):30 - 32
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    A rational and popular viewpoint is that the function of scientific writing is to communicate knowledge. A study of prominent journals, however, suggests that clear communication is not appreciated within the reading-writing-refereeing community. If clarity is a goal for a journal, the editor must take action. View full abstract»

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  • How to write for scientific and technical journals

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):32 - 33
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    The four reasons for writing for publication are to advance professionally, to gain prestige, to obtain financial payment, and to receive psychological compensation. Editors reject manuscripts because they have printed similar articles, because the content of the rejected article has recently been published, or because the content of the article will not hold the reader's interest. To write a publ... View full abstract»

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  • Graphic evaluation of readability scores

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):34 - 35
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    Nomograms are presented based on Flesch's Reading Ease and Gunning's Fog Index methods of assessing the readability of text. These nomograms provide quick and direct determination of readability scores, eliminating numerical calculation. View full abstract»

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  • Bond graphing as a mode of technical communication

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):35 - 37
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    Bond graphs offer a simple, efficient method for developing models of physical (e.g., mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid), chemical, economic, and other types of systems. They are a communication device that can be easily interpreted by workers with differing technical and mathematical backgrounds, thereby facilitating interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of information. This paper provid... View full abstract»

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  • Brainstorming: In search of an idea

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):38 - 40
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    This article advises leaders of prospective brainstorming sessions how to achieve the synergistic effects they seek. To prepare for the session requires that the leader use two easel pads, with two people as recorders, marking pens, and masking tape (to display the ideas generated). Once the session starts, the leader should be prepared to (1) restate ideas for the recorders, (2) ask for clarifica... View full abstract»

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  • Tips on talking in public

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):40 - 42
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    Successful public speaking depends on careful preparation and proper delivery. The preparation involves understanding your audience (by asking certain questions and jotting down single-sentence answers) and knowing the physical setting for your talk (time, place, mood, and atmosphere). Writing the material calls for putting yourself in the position of the audience and asking, “What would I ... View full abstract»

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  • Information technology — A bibliography

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):43 - 50
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    This is a selective, annotated bibliography of 86 references on technological innovations that have had or are expected to have an impact on libraries. It generally covers references appearing in the late 1970s through 1980. Topics included are communications technology, computer conferencing and electronic mail, future technology for libraries, library automation, minicomputers and microcomputers... View full abstract»

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  • The writing system for scientists and engineers

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 51
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    We expect a book with the title The Writing System to be about a systematic approach to technical writing, a step-by-step method of producing good writing. Indeed, the emphasis of this book is on the strategy of writing, but it is both broader and narrower in scope than the title suggests. How can it be both broader and narrower? View full abstract»

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  • Call for papers

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 52
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  • Call for papers special issue: Interpreting technology

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 53
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  • Patents and patenting for engineers and scientists

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s): 54
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  • IEEE copyright form

    Publication Year: 1982, Page(s):55 - 56
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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.