I’m sure this won’t be breaking news to you: English is the main language of technical documentation around the world. Read on to learn how Simplified Technical English can help you make your technical documentation clearer and easier to understand.
Why are simplified writing techniques important? Well, a good argument always starts with strong sentences, right? And all strong sentences start with simplicity. If we don’t begin with clear content, our message -no matter how clever, compelling, or creative it is- can get lost in translation to our audience. So, let’s see how we can use simplified writing techniques to improve on our marketing content!
For companies, Simplified Technical English (STE) offers many advantages. In her blog “Credible and Concise – Simplified Technical English” Shumin Chen mentions the key words “safety, efficiency, and readability”. She argues that by applying the STE, standard stylistic consistency and comprehensibility of technical texts are increasing. What’s more, translation may benefit from standardisation, because its application ensures an immense reduction in translation costs and better translation quality.
This week’s article is dedicated to Candice Burt, an experienced practitioner of applied simplified English, who has decided to bring her considerable expertise to the TCLoc Master’s program for the 2018 academic year.