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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 3 • Date Sept. 1987

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c1
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  • Inside front cover

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c2
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  • Annual report on society activities

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):117 - 118
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    PCS was chartered to serve all members of IEEE, and the engineering profession in general, by sponsoring activities that focus on ways to improve technical communication. Our Society continues to make steady strides in improving our services to members, as reflected by the following status report. View full abstract»

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  • Legal and ethical aspects of technical communication: A special issue

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):119 - 120
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    AS a teacher of technical and professional writing, I have in recent years become acutely aware of what practicing technical communicators have always known: all communication has effects both intended and unintended. We communicate in dynamic and multidimensional environments and, no matter how hard we try, we sometimes cannot anticipate the consequences of our communications. Two powerful dimens... View full abstract»

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  • Safety labels: What to put in them, how to write them, and where to place them

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):121 - 126
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    The author considers the creation of safety labels. Standards developed by organizations such as the American National Standards Institute and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation can help technical writers design effective safety labels. According to such standards, safety labels should contain a signal word, a hazard alert symbol, a specific color, a symbol or pictograph, a hazard identificatio... View full abstract»

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  • The technical writer's responsibility for safety

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):127 - 132
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    The authors discuss the term defective product and explore the preparation of legally sufficient warnings and instructions. They outline and emphasize the critical role of the technical writer in working with both legal and engineering departments to prevent product liability claims. Examples are presented of warnings and instructions from a large industrial manufacturing concern. The role of a pr... View full abstract»

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  • “Illustruction”: Increasing safety and reducing liability exposure

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):133 - 135
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    The term illustruction is used for a style of documentation that was developed at the author's company. Illustruction attempts to increase the effectiveness of owner/operator manuals by simultaneously decreasing liability exposure and increasing user safety. The author offers examples of illustruction and discusses its effectiveness and production costs. View full abstract»

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  • The maze of the law: How technical writers can research and understand legal matters

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):136 - 148
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    The work of technical writers in the areas of writing warnings, product safety policies, instructions, and other documents can prevent or expose a firm to an expensive legal liability. To ensure that their communications are legally correct they may have to research legal references and law books. The authors guide writers of technical communications through the procedures necessary to thoroughly ... View full abstract»

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  • Human factors, instructions and warnings, and products liability

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):149 - 156
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    The author maintains that technical writers need to consider a variety of information from the field of human factors while producing written instructions and warnings. It is important to consider both the clarity of communication and the discharge of legal duty to warn of potential risks and hazards. The writer must consider the variety of human abilities, the variability of human actions, and th... View full abstract»

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  • A communication model for determining the appropriateness of on-product warnings

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):157 - 163
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    Evidence is presented to show that on-product warnings (OPWs) are not seen or are ignored. The author maintains that there is no sound empirical evidence that OPWs influence behavior. He describes evidence, however, that they might be dangerous. It is suggested that OPWs are being used too pervasively. Use of warning labels should be reserved for only those products where it can reasonably be dete... View full abstract»

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  • Liability for the dissemination of defective information

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):164 - 167
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    Three cases illustrating potential dangers found within the text of books are described. In one case, the information is inherently dangerous. In another case, the information is inherently dangerous but could be made less dangerous by including precautionary information. In the third case, the information is dangerous because it is incorrect. The use of contract law and negligence law to recover ... View full abstract»

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  • Legal style in specifications

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):168 - 172
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    Based on research into development contract practices and the interpretation of the verb `shall', recommendations are made for the use of legal style in engineering design specifications. The choice of style formality affects a contracting party's negotiating position in the event of disputes and also the communication effectiveness of the specification. Factors to be considered in the choice incl... View full abstract»

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  • Unfriendly eyes

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):173 - 178
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    Because technical writers generate, work on, or simply have access to proprietary and other confidential information, they need to be aware of the extent of corporate and national espionage and their role in preventing it. The author discusses five responsibilities technical writers have: to protect documents, to guard their tongues, to report security problems, to avoid conflicts of interest, and... View full abstract»

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  • Does online editing promote trespassing?

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):179 - 181
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    The author discusses the ethical and practical implications of online editing. He contends that the author, as owner of a document, has sole right and responsibility for any changes that are made, but that online editing transfers this authority to the editor. Suggestions are given for retaining online editing while returning authority over a document to the author. View full abstract»

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  • Truth in technical advertising: A case study

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):182 - 189
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    The author considers ethical issues involved in technical advertising by examining several documents produced by a major insurance company to promote and explain a health care plan. The documents (newspaper advertisement, followup brochure, and policy) are evaluated for truthfulness, according to general rhetorical criteria as well as legal and industry standards. The author concludes that technic... View full abstract»

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  • Ethics in technical communication: A rhetorical perspective

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):190 - 195
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    Professional technical communicators and academicians who study and teach technical communication have opposing perspectives on the ethics that should guide the work of communicating technical information. Valuing most the well-being of their profession and the organizations in which they work, the professionals advocate an ethics in which competence is the principle and market success is the purp... View full abstract»

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  • The cartoon and ethics: Their role in technical information

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):196 - 201
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    The author provides an overview of the application of cartoons in technical information. The theory of cartoons is tied to a rhetorical view of communication in that cartoons are deliberate deformations of realities. In addition to this rhetorical basis, the cartoon also depends on cultural biases and the recognition of certain iconic types to be useful communication elements. Based on a discussio... View full abstract»

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  • Ethical factors influencing curriculum design and instruction in technical communication

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):202 - 207
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    The author focuses on criticisms of technical communication education as training that is too narrowly technical. He endorses the implementation of a program of general education that introduces undergraduate students not only to essential knowledge, but also to connections across the disciplines (E.L. Boyer, 1987). This program would include limitations on expansion of the major as a percentage o... View full abstract»

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  • The UK data protection act 1984 and International writers

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):208 - 211
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    The UK Data Protection Act 1984 covers the collection, holding, manipulation and distribution of data concerning living individuals by computerized systems from within the United Kingdom. Individuals who visit the UK fall within the bounds of the Act as soon as they arrive. Although they may be exempt from the Act in relation to the data that they personally control within the UK, they could immed... View full abstract»

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  • Book reviews: Technical communication and ethics

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 212
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  • [Back inside cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c3
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  • [Blank page - back cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c4
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Aims & Scope

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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Meet Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief
George F. Hayhoe
Mercer University School of Eng.