ERIC Number: ED217468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Technical Report: An Analysis of Information Design and Packaging for an Inelastic Market.
Pinelli, Thomas E.; And Others
As part of an evaluation of its scientific and technical information program, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted a review and analysis of structural, language, and presentation components of its technical report form. The investigation involved comparing and contrasting NASA's publications standards for technical reports with current usage and practice of report preparation, prescriptive standards and criteria for such reports, and findings from the literature specifically concerned with the organization, language, and presentation components of the report. The findings suggest, among other things, that (1) the structure and sequence of a technical report should be flexible enough to accommodate the contents and intended audience; (2) producers of technical reports should develop and adopt an outline containing a sequence of report components that is flexible; (3) summaries and abstracts should be clear and concise; (4) tables and figures should be integrated into the text; (5) in terms of readability, summaries and abstracts should score as less difficult to read than the text; (6) the use of the passive voice should be tempered; (7) a maximum number of multiple plots on a single figure should be established; and (8) the accepted rules of style, grammar, and punctuation used in constructing the prose of the text should be used for mathematics, whether appearing in the text or set off in display. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Moffet Field, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science (11th, Knoxville, TN, June 13-16, 1982).