Technical writing refers to a type of writing where the author outlines the details and operations of administrative, technical, mechanical, or scientific systems. The main goal of technical writing is to educate, direct, and give others the ability to use a certain system.
There are three main types of technical writing:
Examples of technical writing can be found in each of these different types of technical writing.
Examples of end-user documentation might include:
Examples of traditional technical writing might include:
These might include:
When carrying out a technical writing assignment, you must remember to follow what is known as the three 'Cs' and ask yourself the following questions:
Because technical writing is so often aimed towards those who may be unfamiliar with technical jargon and terminology, it is important that a technical writer uses clear and unambiguous language in their assigned piece.
If a technical writer's information is incomplete, it inhibits the audience's understanding of the topic and can, in some cases such as instruction and safety manuals, prove dangerous.
Above all, technical writing needs to be very clear and concise to be successful.