Book Review on “Handbook of Technical Writing.”
The tenth edition of the Handbook of Technical Writingtargets all those people who show interest in developing technicalwriting skills especially the students. This book offers both thestudents and new professionals with up-to-date yet relevant advice onsecuring an opportunity in today’s economy and acclimating quicklyto the professional environment.
From the table of contents, it is evident that the book is dividedinto sections based on the list of tools or approaches. The book ismade up of alphabetically organized entries with color tabs. Withineach entry, underlined cross-references, for example, formalsreports, link readers to related entries that contain furtherinformation (Gerald et al., 14).
Genres that are covered by the book are design and visuals, technicalwriting, style and language, grammar and punctuation, and researchand documentation. These genres are arranged such that in everygenre, there are a number of sub-topics related to it. The topic ofhigh-level arrangement is tackled by the author by creating a frontcover groups into topic categories. This helps the writer to focus ona specific problem or task in all related entries
The issue of high-level arrangement is primarily extensional on theauthor’s side. For example, the author neither refers to successfultechnical writing to be “not the product of inspiration” nor isit “a mere word converted to print” but as a result of “knowinghow to structure information using both design and text” (Gerald etal., 18). The author addresses the issue of variability in genre byoffering special advice for multilingual writers. The author alsodevelops a list of entries, which apparently interests non-nativespeakers of English (Gerald et al., 12)
Gerald J. Alred, Charles T.Brusaw & Walter E. Oliu. Handbookof Technical Writing 10th Ed + Team Writing. Bedford/st Martins,2011. Print.