The Language of Technical Communication
By Ray Gallon
Publisher: XML Press
Final Release Date: May 2016

The Language of Technical Communication has a dual objective: to define the terms that form the core of technical communication as it is practiced today, while predicting where the field will go in the future. The choice of terms defined in this book followed two overarching principles: include all aspects of the discipline of technical communication, not just technical writing, and select terms that will be relevant into the foreseeable future.The Language of Technical Communication is a collaborative effort with fifty-two expert contributors, all known for their depth of knowledge. You will probably recognize many of their names, and you will probably want to learn more about the ones who are new to you. Each contributed term has a concise definition, an importance statement, and an essay that describes why technical communicators need to know that term. You will find well understood terms, such as content reuse and minimalist design, alongside new terms, such as the Internet of Things and augmented reality. They span the depth and breadth, as well as the past and future, of technical communication.

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    Comments about oreilly The Language of Technical Communication:

    Technical communicators should realize that now, more than ever before, we not only cannot "do it all" in our field; we can't even "know it all" when it comes to technical writing.

    That's why The Language of Technical Communication by Ray Gallon would be useful as a resource for any new or seasoned tech communicator, and especially for students who are totally new to the field.

    Two "chapters" spoke to me (and I just happen to know—and respect--the authors). The first chapter was Jim Romano's lucid explanation of localization. I liked his assertion that "a localization-driven content strategy is capable of producing meaningful content experiences…in Anchorage, Andorra, and Anhui."

    Kit Brown-Hoekstra's section about controlled language lists clear benefits for using "a curated set of vocabulary" and also shares a list of the three controlled language initiatives that might specifically match a technical writer's needs.

    Even if you are expert in your corner of the tech writing realm, you'll never know enough about the rest of the kingdom. This book will help you at least grasp the basic concepts that others may use every day

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