Faced with rising costs, General Electric moved production of a new energy-efficient hotwater heater halfway around the world – to Kentucky. CP Lab Safety moved manufacturing from China to California to cut costs. Tesla moved final assembly of its battery packs to California to minimize delivery delays to customers.
Here is a bit of tech-writing humor, courtesy of PlainLanguage.gov (http://www.plainlanguage.gov/examples/humor/technologywriters.cfm). This helpful website gives tips for writing clear, readable documents. It also reminds us with humor what NOT TO DO when developing technical documents. Continue reading How to Write Using Plain Language (Not!)→
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It plainly marks four my revue
Mistakes I dew not sea.
I’ve sent this message threw it,
And I’m shore pleased to no
It’s letter perfect in its weigh;
My checker tolled me sew.
When Andrea is not hiking, she is a Senior Technical Writer at Phoenix Technical Publications. Phoenix Tech Pubs has provided complete technical writing and documentation services in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years.
1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary. Continue reading 40 Tips for Proper English→