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Gigante, Maria E. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, recently established by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is an alleged attempt at public outreach. The NSF encourages scientists to submit visualizations that would appeal to non-expert audiences by displaying their work in an annual "special feature" in "Science" magazine,…
Descriptors: Competition, Visualization, Scientists, Science Education
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Thayer, Alexander; Evans, Mary B.; McBride, Alicia A.; Queen, Matt; Spyridakis, Jan H. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2010
This article presents the results of a study that investigated readers' perceptions of tone formality in online text passages. The study found that readers perceived text passages to be less formal when they contained personal pronouns, active voice verbs, informal punctuation, or verb contractions. The study reveals that professional…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Form Classes (Languages), Internet, Writing (Composition)
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Fan, Jiang-Ping – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
In this article, the author demonstrates that the semiotic model proposed by Charles Morris enables us to optimize our understanding of technical communication practices and provides a good point of inquiry. To illustrate this point, the author exemplifies the semiotic approaches by scholars in technical communication and elaborates Morris's model…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Semantics, Semiotics, Communication Strategies