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Meng, Michael; Steinhardt, Stephanie; Schubert, Andreas – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
The success of an application programming interface (API) crucially depends on how well its documentation meets the information needs of software developers. Previous research suggests that these information needs have not been sufficiently understood. This article presents the results of a series of semistructured interviews and a follow-up…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Interfaces, Documentation, Computer Software
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Sánchez, Fernando – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
Design has come to be understood as an essential aspect of the work that technical communicators claim. As a result, research in the field of technical communication has approached studies of design in numerous ways. This article showcases how technical communication researchers assume the roles of observers, testers, critics, creators, and…
Descriptors: Communications, Design, Research, Technical Writing
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Dusenberry, Lisa; Hutter, Liz; Robinson, Joy – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2015
This article establishes traits of adaptable communicators in the 21st century, explains why adaptability should be a goal of technical communication educators, and shows how multimodal pedagogy supports adaptability. Three examples of scalable, multimodal assignments (infographics, research interviews, and software demonstrations) that evidence…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Technical Writing, Learning Modalities, Teaching Methods
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Wagler, Amy E.; Lesser, Lawrence M.; González, Ariel I.; Leal, Luis – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2015
A corpus of current editions of statistics textbooks was assessed to compare aspects and levels of readability for the topics of "measures of center," "line of fit," "regression analysis," and "regression inference." Analysis with lexical software of these text selections revealed that the large corpus can…
Descriptors: Lexicology, Grammar, Higher Education, Statistics
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Cripps, Michael J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2011
Single sourcing through a content management system (CMS) is altering technical communication practices in many organizations, including institutions of higher education. Open source software (OSS) solutions are currently among the most popular content management platforms adopted by colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Public Colleges, Case Studies, Open Source Technology
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Bokor, Michael Jarvis Kwadzo – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2011
This article explores how the English language contributes to cross-boundary communication failure and establishes that there is an "English language problem" that has not been adequately addressed in preparing United States native English-speaking students for international technical communication tasks. For example, U.S. technical communication…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Audience Analysis, Computer Software, Guides
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Northcut, Kathryn M.; Brumberger, Eva R. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2010
Technical communicators are expected to work extensively with visual texts in workplaces. Fortunately, most academic curricula include courses in which the skills necessary for such tasks are introduced and sometimes developed in depth. We identify a tension between a focus on technological skill vs. a focus on principles and theory, arguing that…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Visual Literacy, Theory Practice Relationship, Design
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Still, Brian – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2010
2008 marked the 10-year Anniversary of the Open Source movement, which has had a substantial impact on not only software production and adoption, but also on the sharing and distribution of information. Technical communication as a discipline has taken some advantage of the movement or its derivative software, but this article argues not as much…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Publishing
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Wright, David – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2008
This study investigates the link between the linguistic principles of implicature and pragmatics and software documentation. When implicatures are created in conversation or text, the listener or reader is required to fill in missing information not overtly stated. This information is usually filled in on the basis of previous knowledge or…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Comparative Analysis, Pragmatics, Content Analysis
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Mackiewicz, Jo – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2008
Technical communication instructors want to help students, as well as professionals, design effective PowerPoint presentations. Toward this end, I compare the advice of academic and industry experts about effective PowerPoint presentation design to survey responses from university students about slide text, visual elements, animations, and other…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Business Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Teacher Educators
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Warnock, Scott; Kahn, Michael – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
While the importance of "expressive writing," or informal, self-directed writing, has been well established, teachers underutilize it, particularly in technical writing courses. We introduce the term expressive/exploratory technical writing (XTW), which is the use of informal, self-directed writing to problem-solve in technical fields. We describe…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Engineering, Expressive Language, College Curriculum
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Amare, Nicole – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
This study analyzes the performance and attitudes of technical writing students in PowerPoint-enhanced and in non-PowerPoint lectures. Four classes of upper-level undergraduates (n = 84) at a mid-sized, Southern university taking a one-semester technical writing course were surveyed at the beginning and end of the course about their perceptions of…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Lecture Method, Educational Technology, Multimedia Instruction
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Yohon, Teresa; Zimmerman, Don – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
Universities and colleges are investing millions of dollars in information technology infrastructure to support teaching, research, and service, and thousands of dollars annually in faculty training programs. And yet, many college graduates entering the workforce lack adequate technology skills. To ascertain the frequency of faculty adoption of…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Information Technology, Educational Technology, Sciences
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Coniam, David – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2001
Examines the concept of the efficiency with which text is entered into a word processor--from the perspective of effective use of keyboard shortcuts. Illustrates how the possibility for productiveness offered by shortcuts, available through the use of features such as Autotext, are often under-utilized by many word processor users, academics being…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Efficiency, Higher Education, Technical Writing
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Brasseur, Lee – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2001
Argues that current approaches to computer graphing practices are ill suited to meet the complex needs of real users. Offers an overview of work in two major areas of graphing theory and research: the sociology of science and the educational research of mathematics and scientific students. Suggests what technical communicators can do to improve…
Descriptors: Computer Graphics, Computer Software, Computer Software Development, Graphs
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