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Hartley, James – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2000
Lists some of the major typographic variables involved in structured abstracts (containing sub-headings). Illustrates how typography can affect clarity by presenting seven examples that illustrate the effects of these typographic variables in practice. Concludes with a final example of an effective approach. (SR)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Higher Education, Reading Comprehension, Technical Writing
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Harris, Randy; Russell, Pamela – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1994
Introduces (in the French language) a special issue on technical communication in Canada. Describes aspects of employment, academia, organizations, conferences, and journals in the field of technical communication in Canada. (SR)
Descriptors: Conferences, Employment, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Spyridakis, Jan H.; And Others – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1991
Addresses the need of technical communicators to become critical readers of empirical research. Presents simple definitions of selected research designs and statistical concepts. Accompanies these definitions with concrete examples related to the field of technical communication research. (SR)
Descriptors: Definitions, Higher Education, Research Design, Statistical Significance
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Gribbons, William M. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1992
Proposes a system for document organization based on cueing and page formatting techniques, in which the logical and systematic use of cueing and formatting creates a visual hierarchy organizing and signalling information for the reader. Maintains that proper application produces increased reading speeds, ease of access, and comprehension. (SR)
Descriptors: Cues, Higher Education, Layout (Publications), Reading Comprehension
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Karathanos, Patricia; Pettypool, M. Diane – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1992
Proposes that an examination and analysis of a company's overall communication network may provide significant guidelines for increasing the organization's communication effectiveness. Explains network roles and considers their contributions to the communication climate. (SR)
Descriptors: Networks, Organizational Climate, Organizational Communication
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Andeweg, Bas A.; de Jong, Jaap C. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1996
Describes efforts to convert technical writing paper course material to an online advisory system, "Ganesh Helper." Assesses aspects of use of the new media, logging students' actions and observations while writing a report. Finds that a majority of students surveyed felt the helpviewer easy to use and useful, but most still preferred…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Online Systems, Student Participation
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Baker, Margaret Ann – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1993
Describes three principles of direct mail sales letters intended to entice readers to read them: the personalized look; an indirect arrangement of support; and readability ease. (SR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Merchandising, Readability, Salesmanship
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Pakes, Gary E. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1993
Describes a format for writing clinical investigator's brochures for the Food and Drug Administration summarizing information about a drug that is about to enter clinical trials. (SR)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Layout (Publications), Pamphlets, Pharmacology
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Caher, John M. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1995
States that litigation over the interpretation and sufficiency of technical documentation is increasingly common as a number of suits have been filed in state and federal courts. Describes the case of "Martin versus Hacker," a recent case in which New York's highest court analyzed a technical writer's prose in the context of a lawsuit…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Documentation, Legal Responsibility, Technical Writing
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Harris, Randy; Russell, Pamela – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1994
Introduces a special issue on technical communication in Canada. Describes aspects of employment, academia, organizations, conferences, and journals in the field of technical communication in Canada. (SR)
Descriptors: Conferences, Employment, Foreign Countries, Higher Education