In today’s globalized world, effective communication is essential for businesses to succeed. With the increasing trend of international business expansion, technical communication translation and localization have become critical components of effective communication in global markets.
For many years, companies paid only little attention to technical documentation. Most documentation that was needed when selling a product was written by employees lacking professional knowledge in this field. In most cases, product managers wrote the documentation for their products.
Person-first– or people-first– language (PFL) is the default language etiquette expected in technical communication when referring to varying members of the disability community. This prevalent language format surrounding the disability community is not only encouraged but required, as PFL is considered the most respectful and appropriate style for such a concept. Technical communicators specifically must remain up-to-date on developments in PFL so that their writing will remain academically correct and socially aware.