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Tebeaux, Elizabeth – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2008
Describing the emergence of the first shipbuilding texts, particularly those in English provides another chapter in the story of the emergence of English technical writing. Shipwrightery texts did not appear in English until the middle decades of the seventeenth century because shipwrightery was a closed discourse community which shared knowledge…
Descriptors: Discourse Communities, Technical Writing, Research Opportunities, Historians
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Kimball, Miles A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
In this article, I examine a historical information graphic--Charles Booth's maps of London poverty (1889-1902)--to analyze the cultural basis of ideas of transparency and clarity in information graphics. I argue that Booth's maps derive their rhetorical power from contemporary visual culture as much as from their scientific authority. The visual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rhetoric, Poverty, Maps