"shorthand" vs. plain writing style

Subject: "shorthand" vs. plain writing style
From: "Yves Barbion" <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 11:12:33 +0200

Hello techwhirlers,

I'm doing some research on car repair manuals. A typical writing style here
seems to be some sort of "shorthand" English, in which articles and pronouns
are omitted. For example:

- "Remove fuel tank cover."
- "Drain fuel tank and clean fuel filler neck and surrounding area."
- "Unscrew securing bolt and remove tank flap unit with rubber cup."
- "Remove securing bolts on filler neck."
- "Ensure fuel hoses are tight."

Any thoughts/opinions about this writing style? Pros and cons? Where does
this writing style come from? Effect on the readability and translatability
of the text?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards

Yves Barbion
Technical Writer

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