The “Handbook of Technical Writing, Tenth Edition” was compiled by Gerald J. Alred, Walter E. Oliu, and Charles T. Brusaw and released late 2011. This edition of what has become a long-time favorite has been thoroughly revised to include information on writing for the web, wikis and more. What’s perhap even more impressive about this 656-page book is that it follows its own rules and keeps users informed without using complicated words or complex definitions. Much like technical writing should be.
The book is separated into several sections:
Knowing the expectations of good medical writing is essential for the success of the document. The sourcebook for medical writing today is the AMA Manual of Style, which follows in the footsteps of many other style manuals available today – APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. Within this book are the basics to creating a document that is not only effective, but also well-designed, helping readers of the document understand its purpose and long-term impact.
Editor’s Note: Since this post was published, the link to the free online textbook has been removed. You can see chapter excerpts at: http://www.prismnet.com/~hcexres/power_tools/index.html. The textbook is also available for sale at Amazon here.
Everyone’s trying to save money these days, so finding free resources can be ideal for any company’s technical writing, documentation or information design department.
While guidelines change and strategies adjust to fit company needs, the online free technical writing textbook, entitled Power Tools for Technical Communication, by David A. McMurrey can be a good starting point for a new technical writer – or for anyone who’s interested in finding out if this is the career track for them.
This online technical writing textbook is used for assigning credit to those at Austin Community College (ACC) in Austin, Texas or through the online continuing education Technical Writing Certificate Program at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York.
What the Technical Writing Book Includes
Via links on the website, readers will learn about various technical writing topics, organized into five sections: